Man’s hands turn female after transplant. Docs can’t put a ...

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Man’s hands turn female after transplant. Docs can’t put a finger on it

The new appendages came from ‘a man with big, spindly fingers’ but became lighter and more slender

Ben Farmer

When surgeons offered Shreya Siddanagowder new hands a year after she lost her own in an accident, there was a potential complication. The donor hands matched her blood group, but not only were they much darker than her own skin, they were big, hairy and came from a man.

Hand transplants are rare though, partly because of a lack of donors, and despite the differences Siddanagowda did not hesitate. Now more than two years after the successful operation, doctors have been baffled by a transformation in the 21-year-old student’s new hands, which have changed to match their new owner’s arms.

The transplanted hands have become dramatically lighter, hairless and more slender...

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