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The surgeon in Leeds who carried out the UK's first ever hand transplant says a lack of NHS funding in England has stopped him carrying out any more of the operations. It is just over a year since patient Mark Cahill, from Halifax had his hand replaced by Professor Simon Kay.
But the doctor says the next surgery is likely to be on a patient from Scotland where money is still available to pay for it. Professor Kay is now offering to go with Mr Cahill to meet local NHS commissioners in England to urge them to fund the £60,000 operation and aftercare for other patients.
It's just over a year since Mark Cahill from Halifax became the first person in the UK to have a full hand transplant. Gout and infection had left Mark's right hand paralysed but after eight hour operation at Leeds General infirmary, his life has changed.