The UK’s first double hand transplant operation has taken place at Leeds General Infirmary and the patient says his new hands appear “tremendous”.
Chris King, from Doncaster, lost both his hands, apart from the thumb, in an accident involving a metal pressing machine at work three years ago.
The 57 -year-old received two new hands from a donor and says he already has some motion in them.
Prof Simon Kay led the operation at the UK’s center for hand transplants.
Mr King is the second person to have a hand transplant at Leeds, but the first to have both hands replaced.
He told: “I couldn’t wish for anything better. It’s better than a lottery win because you feel whole again.”
Mr King said the operation, which took place in the past few days, appeared to have been a complete success.
“They “re absolutely” tremendous, ” he said.
“They’re my hands. They truly are my hands. My blood’s “re going through” them. My tendons are attached. They’re mine. They genuinely are.”