Man Who Received A Double Hand Transplant Writes Heartfelt Thank You Note To His Surgeon

"I'm getting back to the full Chris again."


One day, The Guardian reports, plastic surgeon Simon Kay believes that hand transplants will become as ordinary as kidney transplants. In 2012, Kay became the first surgeon to perform a hand transplant operation in the United Kingdom. He made headlines again last July with another first: a double hand transplant surgery that changed South Yorkshire resident Chris King's life. King lost his hands (with the exception of his thumbs) four years ago in a workplace accident.

His recovery has been progressing much quicker than Kay had initially expected.

"It's been going fantastically. I can make a fist, I can hold a pen, I can do more or less the same functions as I could with my original hands. There are still limitations but I'm getting back to the full Chris again," King told The Telegraph.

He's putting his hard-earned skills to good use, hand-writing a "thank you" note to Kay that The Guardian describes as having astounded the surgeon. Next up? A thank you note to the family of his donor.

As evidenced by King's experience and the stories of so many organ donors the world over, registering to become an organ donor can have profound results. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a single organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people. Signing up is simple: just go to or visit your local DMV. Make sure to have your photo ID and other identifying information on hand, and you'll be good to go.

"Become a donor and live your life to the full like I want to live now," King told The Telegraph. "That's the message I'd like to get over. It's so wonderful. We can do some great things in this country. If only we can push it a bit more and don't be afraid to be a donor."


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