The first ever person in the UK to get a double hand transplant and the second person to get a hand transplant, Mr. King, now feels ‘whole again’. The 57 years old man is now looking forward to holding a beer and wear some real shirts with buttons again.
Chris King lost both of his hands (except the thumbs) in a terrible accident three years ago. He used to work at a factory unit involving a metal pressing machine that caused him the fatal injury. The lucky man has now become the second person in the UK to get a successful hand transplant, as Mark Cahill from Yorkshire was the first.
Mr. King now feels like the happiest man on earth to have his hands replaced, which will assist him in getting back to living a normal life. The man broke into tears after recalling how he had lived an adapted life for three years as he resigned himself because of having no hands.
The 52 years old man, from Rossington, said that he couldn’t wish for anything better. It was like winning a lottery for Mr. King after recovering from his surgery at UK’s specialist centre at Leeds General Infirmary.
However, no details of the donor have been released which is why the exact date of Mr. King’s operation was also kept as a secret to reduce the risk of the donor being identified. Mr. King is thrilled to have his hands back and the surgery turned out to be a complete success as there is a slight movement of hands already.
Mr. King expressed his happiness by conveying how ‘tremendous’ he feels to have his hands replaced as he could feel the blood running through them. He is satisfied with the surgery and his new hands, because ‘they absolutely fit’ as if they were made-to-measure.
He can’t wait to do normal things again which he loved three years ago. Mr. King is a fan of gardening, cycling and wants to hold his favorite beer again with his own hands. Mr. King is good friends with Mark Cahill, who referred him to Leeds General Infirmary. The two now encourage other people, who don’t know that ‘there’s no greater gift’ than getting back a lost blessing.