Man's severed hand saved by grafting it to his leg

Hand kept alive for a month before doctors re-attach it to his wrist

Man's Severed Hand Kept Alive For A Month After Being Grafted To His Leg
Doctors have performed a very handy operation for a man in China.

The man had his hand severed at the wrist in a work accident, but the medical team at Xiangya Hospital in Changsha, central China, saved it by attaching it to his leg.

The hand was then successfully grafted back on to his wrist after a month, when the nerves and tendons had healed from the trauma.

It happened after the factory worker named as Zhou had his left hand chopped off during a work accident involving a spinning blade machine.

Dr Tang Juyu, head of microsurgery at the hospital, decided he could give Zhou a chance to 'revive' his lost hand with an operation he and his team had already successfully performed once in 2013 under similar circumstances.

Man hopes to gain full use of hand

Because both Zhou's arm and severed hand were badly wounded following the accident, doctors were unable to attach it right away, opting instead to allow the nerves and tendons to heal with time.

This meant Dr Tang and his team decided to graft Zhou's left hand to his right ankle.

Dr Tang explained: "Under normal temperatures, a severed finger needs to resume blood supply within 10 hours, but that time is even shorter for a separated limb.

"If a limb is short of blood for too long, its tissues die and it will be unsalvageable."

According to Dr Tang, Zhou is now able to move his fingers slightly, but he will still need much rehabilitation before regaining full use of his hand, reports the Daily Mail.