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World’s first double leg transplantation is carried out in Spain

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4541 (Published 18 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4541
  1. María de Lago
  1. 1Madrid

The first double leg transplantation in the world has been performed in Spain on a patient in his early 20s whose legs were amputated above his knees after a car crash.

The transplantation, overseen by the surgeon Pedro Cavadas in La Fe Hospital, Valencia, was approved by the Spanish National Transplant Organisation in May 2010 but was only done overnight on 10 July after the right donor was found. The operation involved more than 50 medical staff and took around 10 hours.

The patient, whose …

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