Pioneering hand surgeon is former Guernsey resident
Saturday 5th January 2013, 10:00AM GMT.
A SERIOUS burn to his hand in Guernsey inspired a former resident to perform Britain’s first hand transplant.
The eight-hour procedure, conducted by surgeon and former Elizabeth College pupil Professor Simon Kay, made national headlines yesterday.
It also made history as the world’s first hand transplant where the original hand was removed during the same procedure – previous recipients have already lost the hand before a replacement is found.
Prof. Kay, now 60, first came to Guernsey as a one-year-old and left at the age of 18 to go to medical school.
He specialises in the reconstruction of hands and trauma defects in children.