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Mexican Man Gabriel Granados Receives Double Arm Transplant from Shooting Victim

A Mexican man whose arms were amputated more than a year ago after they were severely burned by electricity has received two new arms from a shooting victim.

The beneficiary of the double arm transplant, the first of its kind in Latin America, was 52-year-old Gabriel Granados. According to Dr. Martin Iglesias, the head of the surgical team that performed the operation at the National Institute of Medical Science and Nutrition, Granandos’ new arms came from a 34-year-old man who was shot to death.

At a press conference in Mexico City, Granados said he was feeling “terrific” and that he could now feel his new hands.

“This is wonderful that after being without hands for some time, all of a sudden I see new hands,” he said.

According to the Associated Press, Granados lost his arms after suffering from a severe electrical shock at a construction site. Both arms were amputated in January 2011. He underwent his life-changing surgery in May but was only discharged from the hospital yesterday.

“This is a very special day for Mexico from a scientific point of view,” Dr. Fernando Gabilondo, director of the National Institute of Medical Science and Nutrition, said at the press conference.

Doctors reportedly practiced the complex operation on corpses before performing it on Granados. There are currently 23 other Mexicans awaiting the procedure, although only six operations will be performed.

The first successful double arm transplant was performed in Germany in 2008, when double amputee Karl Merk received two new arms. The farmer recovered well and was able to lead a normal life. According to Medical Daily, Merk can ride a bike and lift weights.

Medial Daily also reports that the first US double arm transplant could occur later this year; Texan Katy Hayes, the victim of a flesh-eating bacteria that cost her all four limbs, is set to undergo surgery at Boston’s Brigham’s Women’s Hospital.

Last year, doctors in Spain performed the world’s first successful double leg transplant.

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