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Painter who lost both hands gets them back after a ‘miraculous’ transplant

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A life-changing operation has given hope and a renewed sense of purpose to a painter from Delhi. In January, doctors at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital performed the city’s first-ever bilateral hand transplant, a complex procedure that restored function and independence to a man who had lost both hands in an accident.


The recipient, Raj Kumar, a 45-year-old painter, had his world turned upside down in 2020 when a train accident took away his ability to create art and perform everyday tasks. But thanks to a selfless act of organ donation and the expertise of a dedicated medical team, Kumar can now hold a brush again. He was discharged from hospital last Wednesday.




The donor was Meena Mehta, a former school administrator who had pledged her organs before her passing. Her generosity extended far beyond Kumar—her kidneys and corneas also benefitted other recipients in need. The 12-hour surgery involved a team of 11 doctors reattaching every vital structure in the hands to the man’s arms.


The milestone achievement, hailed a “miracle” by the public, is a lovely story about the power of a single decision to change lives.


The heartwarming meeting between the donor’s family and Kumar’s son at the hospital solidified the emotional weight of this event. Kumar’s son expressed his deepest gratitude, stating, “We never thought we would see this day.”





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