21 Jan '12, 12pm

Turkish hospital performs triple limb transplant

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A hospital in southern Turkey on Saturday was attempting the world's first triple limb transplant, attaching two arms and one leg to a 34-year-old man, the country's state-run news agency reported. A team of doctors at Akdeniz University Hospital, in the Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya, was at the same time transplanting the face of the same donor onto another patient - a 19-year-old man. It would be Turkey's first face transplant. 'Today could be a day of many firsts for the medical world,' the Anadolu Agency quoted Doctor Zafer Aydin as saying. 'We are hoping that the operation is a success and that it is a world first,' said Dr Aydin, who heads the organ transplant unit at the hospital in western Turkey where the donor's limbs were removed. 'Two arms and a leg have never been transplanted on one patient until today.' The hospital in Antalya s...

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