Bloke uses his transplanted hand to save wife’s life with CPR after heart attack

A heroic bloke saved his wife's life by giving her CPR – and he did it using his newly attached transplanted hand.

Mark Cahill, 61, managed to perform the life-saving maneuverer for 10 minutes while waiting for ambulance crews in Halifax to arrive.

Sylvia had shockingly suffered a heart attack at the couple's home and her quick-thinking husband's actions saved her life.

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The former landlord was the first person in the country to have a transplant hand fitted around 10 years ago, after gout left his right hand unusable.

And just six years later, he managed to save his wife's life with it.

According to The Mirror, he said recalling the moment he saved his wife four years later: “She’s fit and well today.

“That was using my transplanted hand.

“So, it saved somebody else’s life as well – it’s been fantastic.”

Mark, of Halifax, West Yorks, had an operation 10 years ago today after gout left his right hand unusable. Six years later he was able to go to Sylvia’s aid.

He said: “It’s just like my own hand. I know it’s somebody else’s but I think of it as part of me.”

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The transplant was performed at Leeds General Infirmary, the only hospital in the UK offering the procedure.

Over the last 10 years since Mark's surgery was performed, eight patients have received 14 new hands.

The first one was attached by Professor Simon Kay – who now plans to focus on giving limbs to children who need.

He said: “There’s a large number of children out there who lose their limbs from sepsis who would greatly benefit from hand transplantation.”

Anthony Clarkson, director of organ and tissue donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It has been fantastic to see the lives of both patients and their families transformed by this precious gift.”

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