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Britain's first hand transplant

A 51-year-old man from West Yorkshire has become the first person in Britain to have a hand transplant.

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Transplant patient 'looking forward to holding grandson's hand'

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."

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