Double arm transplant recipient to be discharged from hospital in two weeks

Double arm transplant recipient to be discharged from hospital in two weeks

Atilla Kavdır, the recipient of Turkey's second double-arm transplant, was discharged from intensive care last month. (Photo: AA)

March 08, 2012, Thursday/ 16:09:00

Atilla Kavdır, the recipient of Turkey's second double-arm transplant, is recovering well and will be discharged from Akdeniz University Hospital in two weeks, his doctors said on Thursday.

In a statement released on Thursday, Dr. Ömer Özkan, a professor from the Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Department of Akdeniz University's School of Medicine who led the team that performed the surgery, said Kavdır was in good health. Recalling that it was the 48th day since the surgery, Özkan said he is now receiving physical therapy.

Kavdır also released a written statement, saying he feels good. “Better days are awaiting me,” he said.

In a landmark surgery in January, two arms and a leg were donated to Kavdır, who lost his arms and right leg when he was 11 years old, by the family of Ahmet Kaya. Kaya had been seriously injured in a train accident in Uşak and declared brain dead in mid-January. Kaya's face was also donated and has since been successfully transplanted to 19-year-old Uğur Acar in Turkey's first face-transplant operation.

The hospital had attempted the world's first triple-limb transplant on Kavdır. But Kavdır's situation saw a setback when his body rejected the transplanted leg, leaving surgeons no choice but to surgically amputate it. Kavdır was discharged from intensive care last month.

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