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Hand Re-Implantation

Hand Re-Implantation

In 1965, a surgical team headed by Dr. Jesse Meredith at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine performed what is thought to be the first successful hand/wrist re-implantation in the United States. The dramatic eight-hour operation began 90 minutes after the left hand of 26-year-old Robert Pennell was accidentally amputated at the wrist on June 14, 1965 by a single blow of a bush ax. This illustration, by George Lynch, Professor and Director of the Department of Medical Illustration, shows how the severed hand was reattached. The numbers indicate the order in which the operation was performed.

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