Doctors graft hand onto man's ankle

Xiao Wei's severed right hand is seen attached to his ankle before undergoing the reattachment...

Xiao Wei's severed right hand is seen attached to his ankle before undergoing the reattachment surgery at Xiangya Hospital in Changsha, Hunan province, in this December 4, 2013 handout photo provided by Xiangya Hospital, Central South University. (REUTERS/Xiangya Hospital, Central South University/Handout via Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 11:43 AM ET

Doctors in China have saved a man's severed hand by attaching it to his ankle.

Xiao Wei lost his right hand in a work accident, but doctors were unable to reattach it immediately because his arm was severely damaged, the BBC reports.

To keep the hand alive, it was grafted onto his left ankle.

The Xiangya Hospital at Central South University said the hand was left attached to Wei's ankle for a month before doctors attempted to reattach it to his arm on Dec. 4. He will have to undergo surgery again in six months, but doctors said even then, he may not recover full use of his hand.


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