03/02/2015 10:47 GMT | Updated 03/02/2015 12:59 GMT

India's First Double Hand Transplant For Man Who Tried To Stop Woman Being Hassled On Train

A man has received India's first double hand transplant after he partially lost them saving a woman from harassment on a train.

Manu, 30, is recovering from the surgery which took 20 surgeons 16 hours to complete at Amrita Institute of Medical Science.

The heroic events manager lost his hands when he was thrown from a moving train while defending a female passenger.


Manu's new hands come from a 24-year-old car crash victim

"Each hand required connecting two bones, two arteries, four veins and about 14 tendons," said surgeon Dr Subramania Iyer.

Manu has surpassed the 14 day waiting period, meaning his body has accepted the transplant. He has started regaining movement in the appendages.

He said: "After I lost my hands I was very scared. Now my hands have been operated on and restored, I can do all of my regular activities."


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