Chinese Surgeons Perform Hand-to-Leg Graft to Keep Severed Hand Alive

After nine-year-old Ming Li’s hand was accidentally severed from her body, Chinese surgeons performed a hand-to-leg graft to keep the hand alive: Ming Li’s arm was too damaged to allow for reconnection surgery after a roadside accident, so doctors grafted it to her right calf for three months where it remained viable for reattachment. .

The hand-to-leg graft was a success. Ming Li’s hand has been reattached to her arm and she is able to move it. Doctors believe that Ming Li will eventually have enough function in her hand to take care of herself as an adult.