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Hand-to-Leg Graft Following Accident in China

In China, Dr. Tang Juyu and his surgical team saved a man's hand, which had been completely cut off by a spinning blade machine, by attaching it to his leg. This surgery allowed the blood supply, necessary to keep the tissue alive, back in the severed hand. After a month, the man's hand was attached back to his original arm and has been reported to be able to move his fingers. Further rehab may allow his hand to recover fully. Previously, Dr. Tang had performed hand-to-leg graft for two other patients and hand-to-belly on another. For images and more, please visit

This entry was prepared by Gigi Lu, an Enterprise for High School Students (EHSS) summer intern taking part in the EHSS Career Exploration Program. Founded in 1969, EHSS is a non-profit organization with a mission to prepare San Francisco high school students for future success in the workplace and higher education. They offer hundreds of opportunities for youth to develop life skills through engagement in work. Dr. Diao has sponsored EHSS students for 17 years in the Career Exploration Program at UCSF, in his private office, and at the San Francisco Surgery Center, and has served as an EHSS board member for 6 years.

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