Hand trans­plant suc­cess

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

AUS­TRALIA’S first hand trans­plant pa­tient has a long road ahead be­fore he can pluck a ball from the slips in a back­yard cricket match with his grand­kids.

Peter Walsh’s son, Wayne, said yes­ter­day his fa­ther was tired but in good spir­its 24 hours af­ter the surgery to at­tach the do­nated right hand at Mel­bourne’s St Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal.

‘‘ His first words when he came out of be­ing asleep about lunchtime ( Wed­nes­day) were, ‘ It’s a dream come true’,’’ Wayne said. When asked what his fa­ther, 65, will most en­joy about his new lease on life, Wayne nom­i­nated play­ing with his grand­kids.

‘‘ Satur­day morn­ings he’d al­ways be there if they were go­ing to play sport or just play­ing with them in gen­eral, hav­ing a catch of the ball,’’ Wayne said.

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