Man, 27, who had world's first quadruple limb transplant dies days after operation
A 27-year-old Turkish man who underwent the world's first would-be quadruple limb transplant died yesterday, hours after the limbs were removed due to metabolic failure, the hospital said.
Sevket Cavdar had received two arms and legs on Friday during a 20-hour operation involving 50 doctors at Hacettepe University Hospital, in Ankara, Turkey.
The world's first ever quadruple transplant took 50 surgeons more than 20 hours to attach two arms and two legs to a young male patient. Picture above posed by models
However, medics had to remove all of the limbs days later because of a serious metabolic disorder and tissue incompatibility.
Mr Cavdar had lost his arms and legs in 1998 when he was accidentally electrocuted. Doctors first removed one attached leg on Sunday and they were forced to take all three other limbs on Monday.
'Metabolic imbalance has claimed the life of our patient despite all our efforts,' the Ankara-based hospital said in a written statement on Monday evening.
The hospital expressed sorrow and said 200 doctors struggled to keep him alive for more than 90 hours.
Dr Murat Tuncer, the head physician of Hacettepe, on Saturday had called for blood donations to overcome possible complications following the 20-hour operation, which involved 50 doctors.
The Turkish Red Crescent, the Muslim equivalent of Red Cross, said it has dispatched hundreds of bloods units from around the country.
The operation followed a failed triple limb transplant two months ago at another hospital in the southern city of Antalya. The doctors there were forced to remove a leg from a patient also due to tissue incompatibility. The same patient also received two arms.
A spokesman for Hacettepe hospital, meanwhile, said another patient who received a face transplant on Friday was in stable condition. It was the second such operation in Turkey this year. The previous face transplant was carried out by the hospital in Antalya two months ago.
Turkey's first face transplant patient, Ugur Acar, looks in a mirror after he got his first shave following a successful face transplant in January
The first in the country was performed
on Turkish teenager Ugur Acar, who lost 70 per cent of his face when he
was just two-years-old in a TV tube explosion, at Akdeniz University's
School of Medicine in Antalya.
Doctors successfully transplanted tissue from the face of a 45-year-old donor to 19-year-old Mr Acar in January but doctors have said he will not be able to make facial expressions for another six months.
Connie Culp, from America, was the first ever successful recipient of a face transplant, performed at the Cleveland Clinic in December 2008,.
Ms Culp was shot in the face by her husband Thomas Culp in a failed murder-suicide in September 2004 outside a bar in Hopedale, Ohio.
He also survived and was convicted in 2005 of aggravated attempted murder with a seven-year prison sentence.