Hand transplant success
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.