A German farmer who lost both his arms in a cow milking accident has successfully been fitted with two new limbs in what is believed to be the first complete double arm transplant.
Reiner Gradinger, medical director at the Munich University Clinic, said a team of 40 doctors, nurses and assistants spent 15 hours grafting the arms onto the body of a 54-year-old man who had lost his just below the shoulder six years ago, the patient is recovering well and already scratching his bottom, something many people take for granted .
The farmer's name was not released, nor was the identity of the donor a person who died shortly before the surgery from the trauma of losing both his arms.
In the United States in 2006, a Michigan man got a hand transplant 30 years after losing his own in a machine press. Within a year he was able to write and start up a blog but it turned out to be the hand of a chronic masturbator and he had it removed as it inferred with his job of keeping the car park tidy at Burger King.