Sreya's dreams come true through Asia’s first double upper arm transplantation
Kochi: A rare upper arm double hand transplantation surgery was performed successfully in Kochi. The surgery was performed on Manipal native Sreya and she was transplanted with the hands of Sachin, who suffered brain death after an accident. Sachin was a final year BCom student in Ernakulam Rajagiri College.
Sreya is recuperating after the surgery at Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences. I wanted my hands back so that I can live independently and fulfil my dreams. These new hands fill me with confidence- said a visibly confident Sreya. Though a male’s hand was attached to her, she has already accepted it.
She had lost her hands in a bus accident on her way to college at Mangalore. As both her hands were crushed in the mishap, they were amputated from the elbow. The 19-year-old was a Chemical Engineering student at Manipal Institute of Technology. Sreya is the only daughter of Pune Tata Motors Senior Manger Fakir Gowda Siddhana Gowdar and Suma Nagihilli. She and her parents thanked the doctors at Amritha hospital and Sachin’s family who donated the hands.
The 13-hour surgery was performed in August. Transplanting upper arms is rather complicated and is the first surgery of its kind to be performed in Asia, said the Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Subrahmania Iyer, who performed the surgery. Within two years, Sreya will be able to move her hands normally. She dreams of completing her studies after she gets back to normal life.