Hand Transplant with Twitter Updates

Social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter really are being used in the most unusual of ways nowadays. Doctors at the Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky used Twitter recently, to document a rare double hand transplant on a severe burns victim.

According to Joanne McCabe at metro.co.uk, the surgery began on Tuesday evening, and was finally completed around 18 hours later on Wednesday afternoon. A doctor, who was sat outside the operating room, was providing updates on the micro-blogging website.

The very first tweet read: “Patient excited for new hands but we know there is a donor family facing a time of sadness.” Another tweet a little while later said: “We have a long way to go to know…but it looks good at this point.” A follow-up said that surgeons were preparing the arteries.

A team that consisted of 6 hand surgeons, 1 anaesthetist, 1 nurse and 5 other medical staff worked on the unnamed patient on a rotation basis, throughout the 18 hour operation. The man is now expected to spend about 3 months in hospital recovering.