Surgeons Perform First Living-Donor Nerve Transplant

Posted on Oct. 11, 2002, 6:43 a.m. in Neurology

Surgeons in Houston, Texas, have completed the world's first living-donor nerve transplant. The procedure was carried out on an infant who had suffered an injury during birth, which left him without sensation or movement in the left shoulder. Head of the transplant team, Dr. Scott A. Gruber, said, "this is the first time a nerve transplant has been done with the nerves being taken from a living donor, and we fully expect that the patient will have full use of his arm, wrist and hand." Doctors believe the technique could offer hope to the thousands of people who suffer nerve damage each year.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Reported by www.yahoo.com on the 20th November 2000

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