Just decades ago, reattaching a severed body part was medically impossible, but scientific progress has dramatically changed things since then. The first such replantation was performed in 1962 by Dr. Ronald Malt, Massachusetts General Hospital's chief surgical resident. He successfully reattached the arm of a 12-year-old boy who had suffered an accident as he was hanging onto the side of a train. Amazingly, in the years following the surgery, the boy grew up to be able to play tennis and baseball, as well as drive race cars for recreation and haul meat for a packing firm.
And as science has further progressed through the years, various types of the most unbelievable replantation surgeries have been performed, benefiting thousands of patients. Here are ten of the most amazing such procedures:
10 Reattachment of Both Hands After Molding Machine Accident
9 Reattachment of Both Feet After Hay Mower Accident
8 Reattachment of Both Arms After Tractor Accident
7 Reattachment of Scalp After Pit Bull Attack
6 Reattachment of Head to Spine After Car Crash
5 Reattachment of Forearm After Crocodile Attack
4 Reattachment of Face After Threshing Machine Accident
3 Severed Hand Grafted to Leg Before Reattachment
2 Severed Arm Grafted to Groin Before Reattachment
1 Severed Penis Grafted to Arm Before Reattachment
Penis reattachment surgery is quite rare, but it's been done a number of times. However, the penis reattachment in the case of a man in Milwaukee is truly quite extraordinary. The man, who was in his mid-30s, severed his penis in 1989 after a tractor-type mower he was repairing unexpectedly powered on and struck him. A relative immediately brought the man to Community Memorial Hospital, where the severed penis was packed in ice. Then, the patient and his severed extremity were transferred to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, where plastic surgeons decided that extensive hematoma made immediate reattachment of the penis impossible. For this reason, the medical team temporarily attached the man's penis to his arm in a nine-hour procedure. Then, after four weeks, the penis was successfully reattached via microsurgery.
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