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Hand-on-Foot Surgery: cut-off hand attached to ankle

Xiao Wei's severed right hand is seen attached to his ankle before the reattachment surgery at Xiangya Hospital in Hunan, China, in this handout photo provided by Xiangya Hospital, Central South University.

Xiao Wei's right hand was cut off in an accident during his work at a factory. Rather than having a life without the right hand, the doctors offered Xiao a solution to save it by sewing the hand to the ankle to stop it dying while they treated his other injuries. The hand was grafted to his leg for a month in order to perform the surgery to reattach his hand.

Nearly a month after his hand was severed, Mr Xiao had recovered sufficiently to undergo reattachment surgery. According to doctors he will need to undergo several other procedures, but they are hopeful he will regain the full function of his hand.

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