Hand transplant patient wiggles fingers

December 27, 2006

A hand transplant patient in Spain is wiggling her fingers less than a month after receiving two new hands, El Pais newspaper reported Wednesday.

Colombian Alba Lucia is ahead of schedule in her recovery from the dual transplant procedure she underwent on Nov. 30 and has already left the hospital, the report said.

Lucia, 47, lost both hands in an explosion in a chemistry lab accident 28 years ago when she was a student.

She received her new hands from a person who had been declared brain dead after an accident.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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