Double-arm transplant recipient in intensive care

Atilla Kavdır, the recipient of Turkey's second double-arm transplant, poses for cameras with his doctors at Akdeniz University Hospital in this March 12, 2012 photo. (Photo: AA)

May 02, 2012, Wednesday/ 17:03:00

Atilla Kavdır, who underwent a double-arm transplant in January, is still fighting for his life in intensive care, his doctor reported on Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Atilla Ramazanoğlu told press that Kavdır is in critical condition. He also denied media reports that Kavdır had died.

The recipient of Turkey's second double-arm transplant, Kavdır underwent surgery at Akdeniz University Hospital in January. The two arms and one leg transplanted onto Kavdır, who lost his arms and right leg when he was 11 years old, were donated 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 successfully transplanted onto 19-year-old Uğur Acar in Turkey's first face-transplant operation.

The hospital 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 amputate it.

The world's first quadruple-limb transplant recipient, Şevket Çavdar, also died early in February after his transplanted limbs had to be amputated. Doctors at Ankara's Hacettepe University Hospital were forced to amputate both arms and the right leg of 27-year-old Çavdar due to metabolic failure. Çavdar later died despite what Hacettepe University Hospital said were “extraordinary efforts by 200 doctors and health personnel for 90 hours” to save him.

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