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After losing his arms 23 years ago, this man has become the world's first double arm and shoulder transplant patient

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Felix Grétarsson is the first person to receive a double arm and shoulder transplant. With him is his wife, Sylwia. (PHOTO: Facebook/Felix Gretarsson)
Felix Grétarsson is the first person to receive a double arm and shoulder transplant. With him is his wife, Sylwia. (PHOTO: Facebook/Felix Gretarsson)

He's propped up on a pillow in a hospital bed, still in recovery from major surgery that lasted 14 hours and took a team of 50 medics to perform. But nothing can stop the smile spreading across his face. He’s waited for this moment for more than two decades and he’s ready to tell the world.

A laptop is propped up in front of him and dozens of journalists from his homeland have tuned in for the occasion.

“Welcome, dear Icelanders,” Felix Grétarsson says. “Twenty-three years ago, on 12 January 1998, I lost both arms in an accident just outside Reykjavik. And now, on 12 January 2021, I finally got the hands I’ve been waiting for.”

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