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Man who gets India's first hand transplant works to help others

May 20, 2016

Manu TR, India's first patient to get a hand transplant, now works as a transplant assistant in the same hospital, which treated him.

Manu lost his hands after he fell off a moving train while trying to save a couple who were being harassed. The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kerala carried out a hand transplant for Manu, the first time such a surgery has been done in India.

It was a complicated 16-hour surgery, the cost of which was paid by the hospital itself. Manu will now have to take medication for the rest of his life to avoid a rejection of the transplants.

Awareness about such transplants in India, however, is low and Manu has decided to dedicate himself to helping patients who need this support.

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