A Yorkshire man says he feels “whole again” after undergoing a pioneering UK first double hand transplant.
Chris King is recovering from the 12-hour operation at Leeds General Infirmary.
The 57-year-old lost both his hands, except the thumbs, in an accident involving a metal pressing machine at work three years ago.
Mr King, from Rossington, near Doncaster, said: “I couldn’t wish for anything better. It’s better than a lottery win because you feel whole again.”
He said he already has some movement: “They look absolutely tremendous,” he said.
“They’re my hands. My blood’s going through them. My tendons are attached. They’re mine.”
He was the second person to have a hand transplant in Leeds and the first to have both hands replaced.
Now, he is looking forward to cycling, gardening with his ride-on mower, wearing shirts with buttons and especially holding a bottle of beer properly.
Mr King became tearful when he was asked about the anonymous donor who gave their hands: “It’s marvellous. It’s like somebody putting an arm round you and saying you’ll be alright.
“Even if you don’t have a donor card, just have the conversation with your family. There’s no greater gift.”