Girl keeps hand thanks to leg

Chinese doctors saved a girl’s hand by sewing it to her leg.

Chinese doctors saved a girl’s hand by sewing it to her leg.

Ming Li’s left hand was severed from her wrist when she was run over by a tractor in July and was too badly damaged to reattach immediately after it.

Medics decided to temporarily attach the hand to her right calf so it could heal.

Surgeons have now successfully transplanted the nine-year-old girl’s hand back on to her arm and are confident she will be able to use it normally with no long-term side-effects.

Dr Hou Jianxi, spokesman for the hospital in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, said: "When she came in, her left hand was completely severed from her body. It was very scary.

"But Ming Li can now move her wrist again and her left hand is a healthy pink colour proving that the blood is circulating well.

"After surgery, and with plenty of physiotherapy, we are confident her left hand will be capable of doing most things.”

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