Xiao Wei, of China's Hunan province, recently had his right hand grafted to his ankle for more than a month following an an accident that severed it.
He lost his hand during an accident on the job, but his co-workers were able to retrieve the hand, which doctors said they would be able to reattach.
Just not immediately. In order to keep the hand from dying before they could sew it back where it belongs, doctors grafted it to the man's ankle:
Why was such a bizarre, but effective maneuver yesterday?
"Besides ripping injuries, his arm was also flattened. We had to clear and treat his injuries before taking on the hand reattachment surgery," a doctor said.
Amazingly, doctors came through on their word, and were able to successfully reattach the hand, and he is expected to regain full use of the appendage.