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First successful relocation of both arms in Grenoble

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – LOIC VENANCE – | First successful relocation of both arms in Grenoble

A race against time and a first in France according to the medical team: a woman, whose two arms had been severed by a train, was operated in Grenoble two hours after the accident and its members relocated, announced Thursday hospital.

The medical team of the department of surgery of the hand thus “realized the first successive relocation successive bilateral and simultaneous of arms in France”, indicates the Center hospitalier university Grenoble Alpes (CHUGA) in a statement.

On August 14 at 3:30 pm, this young woman of 30 years had been the victim of an accident on the quay of the station of Chambéry and its arms severed.

Supported rapidly by the rescue, the patient was transferred to the CHUGA. At the same time, both amputees were transported in perfect conditioning to the hospital.

Through the coordination of the SAMU and the hand surgery department, the patient was admitted to the operating room at 5:00 pm, less than two hours after the accident.

This “very rare and very delicate” intervention, which lasted four hours, took place in double team. Started at 5:20 pm, it ended – “successfully”, according to the hospital – at 9:30 pm.

“The quick response and the dexterity of the medical team allowed us to relocate the two sectioned members and give the patient the maximum chance of recovery,” said CHUGA.

A long delay between trauma and re-implantation can cause irreversible damage.

However, it will take the patient long months to achieve the functional recovery of her two arms after specialized rehabilitation.

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