Doctors were struck by the phenomenon of adaptation in a girl who received new hands from a male donor. “Big and hairy” initially they quickly lost vegetation, became much more elegant and feminine.
A resident of India, Shreya Siddanagowder (Shreya Siddanagowder) went through a transplant of both hands, which were received from a male donor. Further transformation of donor limbs struck not only the girl but also experienced doctors. Hands that were large in size and covered with hairs became much more feminine over the years after the operation. Their size, skin texture, and even its color have changed to best match the recipient’s main body. Medicine has not previously observed such transformations.
Shreya’s life turned upside down in 2016 when she got into a terrible accident at the age of 18 and lost both hands. A year earlier, her first-hand transplant was performed in her native India. The girl’s limbs were cut off below the elbow; she was included in the list of suitable transplant candidates. The first such operation took place in the United States in 1999 on a man who lost his left hand due to an unsuccessfully launched firework. To date, 200 similar operations have been carried out worldwide, including Russia.
The biggest challenge is finding donors, especially in India, where, for religious reasons, relatives are not allowed to cut off limbs in patients whose brain is dead. Doctors still found such a donor, but he was a man of long stature and darker-skinned. Initially transplanted hands looked disproportionate, but in a short time they fully adapted