A 51-year-old man from West Yorkshire has become the first person in Britain to have a hand transplant.
Mark Cahill had been unable to use his right hand for five years due to severe gout. Now he is looking forward to holding his grandson's hand.
Professor Simon Kay, a consultant plastic surgeon at the Leeds hospital, led the operation to carry out the UK's first hand transplant.
He has spoken about the procedure and said a week after the transplant "it's looking very good".
A Yorkshire man has received the UK's first hand transplant but the world's first operation of this kind was carried out in 1998.
Surgeons in France performed the first hand transplant on Clint Hallam. He later had it removed as he felt "mentally detached" from it.
Professor Simon Kay, a consultant plastic surgeon at the Leeds hospital, which has carried out the UK's first hand transplant, has spoken about the support Mark Cahill received prior to the operation.
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Mark Cahill has become the first person in the UK to have a hand transplant.
The 51-year-old has spoken about his 20 year struggle with gout which led to the lost of his right hand, and the shock of finding out there was a possible donor on Boxing Day.
He also described how his new hand feels and how much he is looking forward to going back to work and being "able to hold my grandson's hand".
Mark Cahill had the operation on the 27 December and doctors have said he is making "good progress".
- Leeds Teaching Hospitals announced in late 2011 that it was starting to look for potential candidates for hand or arm transplants.
- The UK team has been working closely with colleagues in Lyon, France, where hand transplants were pioneered in 1998.
- A new technique meant Mr Cahill could have his non-functioning right hand removed in operation where a donor hand was also transplanted.
- The first-ever recipient in France was New Zealander Clint Hallam, who later had his new hand removed as he felt "mentally detached" from it.
- Doctors in the United States, Austria and France have carried out a number of successful hand transplants.
Dr Hilary Jones explained on Daybreak how Mark Cahill's hand transplant was a world first.
He said hand transplants have been done since the 1960s, however this is the first time that the hand has been removed and the donor organ has been transplanted on at the same time.
A former pub landlord who has become the first UK person to have his hand transplanted says he is looking forward to being able to hold his grandson's hand.
Mark Cahill, 51, of Halifax in West Yorkshire, is looking forward to being able to perform simple tasks, adding that he is grateful to both psychologists who have help him cope, and the family of the donor who made the operation possible.
He said: "For a start I might be able to cut my food up, button a shirt and fasten a pair of shoe laces, and mainly I will be able to hold my grandson's hand.
"I was a pub landlord before this happened, pulling pints. You tend to need two hands for that.
"It's a very big psychological issue having an operation like this. I think I have dealt with it pretty well. The only thing you cannot do is know what's going to happen after the operation. As it's turned out it's brilliant, and I am well happy."
The hospital said Mr Cahill lost the use of his right hand due to severe gout. Leeds Teaching Hospitals announced in late 2011 that it was looking for potential candidates for hand or arm transplants. The team had been preparing and assessing potential recipients from across the country.
Potential patients went through health checks and psychological assessment before being considered for the procedure. Mr Cahill was part of the programme and was one of two potential candidates when a donated limb became available. He was selected because he was the best tissue match.