A former pub landlord from West Yorkshire became the first recipient of a hand transplant is said to be making good progress.
Using techniques pioneered in France, surgeons in Leeds attached a donor hand to Mark Cahill, 51, who lost the use of his right hand after suffering complications related to gout. Doctors told reporters today that Mr Cahill can wiggle the fingers of his new hand, but has no sense of touch.
Mr Cahill, from Halifax, said that it would take some getting used to, but also talked up the benefits. "When I look at it and move it, it feels just like my hand", he explained, "but mainly I'm looking forward to feeling like someone else is doing it without having to lie on my arm to numb it first".