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Patient who underwent world's first quadruple limb transplant dies

Washington, Tue, 28 Feb 2012 ANI

Washington, Feb 28 (ANI): The Turkish patient who underwent what was touted the world's first quadruple limb transplant surgery, passed away on Monday.


Fifty-two doctors from Ankara's Hacettepe University Hospital performed the transplant on Friday, attaching two arms and two legs to Sevket Cavdar.


They first removed one leg from the patient after his heart and vascular system failed to sustain the limb and then the other leg and two arms.


Cavdar, 27, had lost his arms and legs in 1998 when he was accidentally electrocuted.


The patient, who was in the intensive care unit after the removal of the limb, died due to "metabolic imbalance, which seriously threatened his life, the hospital said in a statement.


"We are in deep sorrow of losing our patient despite the ceaseless efforts of nearly 200 doctors and health personnel for about 90 hours," Fox News quoted the hospital as saying.


The operation came on the heels of the country's first-ever face transplant at another Turkish university hospital. (ANI)


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