Double arm transplant leaves man feeling like a teen

October 9th, 2008 - 3:54 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Oct 9 (ANI): A man who got a new lease of life after getting his lost limbs from a tragic teenager has claimed that the miraculous transplant has left him feeling like a youngster too.

Dairy farmer Karl Merk, 54, has become the worlds first double arm transplant patient, after he lost both his arms while working on a corn threshing machine six years ago.

Karls donor was a young teenager who died in a car accident just hours before his transplant operation.

The feeling of being a whole man again is indescribable. Every day I gain more mobility in my arms and hands. What Im looking forward to most now is to dress myself - and to ride my motorcycle again, The Sun quoted Karl, as saying.

The German farmer underwent surgery at the Technical University in Munich, which used a 40-strong medical team.

In a statement, doctors said that they did not see any sign that Karls immune system was rejecting the foreign tissue and that his scars were healing well.

Now, Karl can open a door and turn lights on and off. (ANI)

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