Udupi, Oct 2,2017 : Nineteen year old Shreya, a chemical engineering student of Manipal Institute of Technology has got a fresh lease of life with doctors from the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi performing a successful twin-hand transplant on her.
Doctors used the hands of a brain dead 20 year old youth who was an accident victim in Ernakulam. A team of doctors led by Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department Dr Subrahmanya Iyer performed the surgery.
This is the first successful twin hand transplant in Asia. Shreya is the daughter of Fakira Gowda and Suma Nuggihalli from Pune and had lost both her hands in an accident. She was travelling to Manipal from Pune when she came under the tyres of the bus.
Twenty year old Sachin who was a B.Com student of Rajagiri College, Ernakulam was declared brain dead after he met with an accident and his hands were transplanted on Shreya with his parent’s consent.
Doctors have told Shreya’s family that 85 per cent of functioning of her hands would improve in the next one and a half years. She already can move her fingers and shoulders.