Korle Bu doctors patch severed wrist in landmark surgery

Korle Bu doctors patch severed wrist in landmark surgery

- Medical team at Korle-bu have succeeded in mending the wrist of a man

- The factory worker got is wrist removed while at work

- The surgery took 7 hours to be completed

A team of medical professionals at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has completed a landmark surgery by putting a wrist which was cut back to the hand of a patient.

The surgery, which took 7 solid hours, saw the team repair about 25 structures in the wrist including the blood vessels, tendons, nerves and the wrist bone.

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It all happened when the patient, Victor Atikpo, who is a factory worker, had his wrist completely chopped off when a colleague accidentally switched on a machine he (Atikpo) was servicing.

Victor was then rushed to the LEKMA Hospital where he then transfered to the 37 Military Hospital and finally the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where he got his torn wrist miraculously stitched back to life.

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“We have a way of keeping the wrist. You keep it in a plastic bag, tie it and then put it on ice. Usually, when you have an amputation, you need to keep it cool and away from water,” the head of the medical team that conducted the surgery, Dr Edem Kofi Anyigba explained to Daily Graphic.

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