Aussie hand transplant patient doing well

"I have full feeling," said Peter Walsh, 67, a plumber from regional Victoria.

"They did a great job. It's excellent," said the world's oldest hand-transplant recipient.

His life is a far cry from the dependency he was facing in 2006, when doctors amputated both hands and legs.

He developed pneumococcal sepsis – following a splenectomy 32 years earlier – which led to progressive gangrene.

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