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Handout photo of Xiao Wei's severed right hand seen attached to his ankle before the reattachment surgery at Xiangya Hospital in Changsha

Xiao Wei's severed right hand is seen attached to his ankle before the reattachment surgery at Xiangya Hospital in Changsha, Hunan province, in this December 4, 2013 handout photo provided by Xiangya Hospital, Central South University. According to local media, Xiao Wei's right hand was cut off in an accident during his work at a factory and was grafted to his leg for a month in order to perform the surgery to reattach his hand. Xiao Wei said he would be receiving another surgery in six months but might not be able to regain full use of his hand. Picture taken December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Xiangya Hospital, Central South University/Handout via Reuters (CHINA - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO COMMERCIAL SALES

Chinese man's leg proves handy solution after arm severed

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Doctors in China kept a man's severed hand alive for a month by attaching it to his leg, before restoring it to its usual position, a report said Tuesday.

The 25-year-old, identified by his nickname Xiao Wei, had his right hand sawn off by a drilling machine at work last month in Changde, in the central province of Hunan, the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald said.

The damage was too severe to re-attach the hand immediately, so surgeons in the provincial capital Changsha grafted it onto his lower leg, just above his Achilles tendon, to keep it alive while the healing process began. (AFP)

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