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Complication Arises In First Triple Limb Transplant

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 5:14am

(AP) — A Turkish doctor whose 25-member team performed the world's first triple limb transplant — two arms and a leg — says the leg has been removed due to tissue incompatibility. Dr. Omer Ozkan stated that 34-year-old Atilla Kavdir is in stable condition after the removal of the leg on Sunday, a day after it was attached. Kavdir lost his arms and right leg when he was 11 after hitting power lines outside his home with an iron rod to scare away pigeons.

Ozkan said another patient who received a full face transplant from the same donor is in stable condition. It was Turkey's first face transplant. The teenager was burned in a house fire when he was a baby.

The limbs and face became available early on Saturday and the hospital began the operation at 3:15 a.m.

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