Shreya Siddanagowda, a 21-year old Indian, was involved in a ghastly bus accident three years ago, and as a result, both her hands had to be amputated.
Shreya underwent an intensive surgical procedure that had to be carried out on her to attach hand transplants to her limbs.
Fortunately for Shreya, hands were gotten from a donor, the surgical procedure was successful, and her body accepted the new hands graciously without any complications.
According to The Indian Express reports, Shreya’s hand transplants differed from her original skin color.
The transplants were a few shades darker than Shreya’s skin, and her skin tone didn’t match the new hand transplants.
Not long after the surgical operation, the complexion of her new transplants started changing to match her skin tone, and this puzzled the doctors.
The excited Shreya said,
“I don’t know how the transformation occurred. But it feels like my own hands now. The skin color was very dark after the transplant, not that it was ever my concern, but now it matches my tone.”
After Shreya’s hands were amputated following her accident, she registered at India’s Amrita Institute for a transplant.
The Amrita Institute was the only Institute in Asia that could successfully do a hand transplant, but donors were scarce at that time; hands for surgical procedures were not readily available in hospitals.
As a matter of fact, hand donors are still rare worldwide, so Shreya had low hopes of receiving the transplants she sought.
The transplant coordinator broke the news to Shreya and her family; he said even though she was top on the wait-list for hand transplant recipients, it could take months for a donor to come by. Shreya went back to her lodge with no hope, or so she thought.
Unfortunately for Sachin, a 20-year-old male college student was involved in a fatal bike accident.
His family agreed to donate his hands to India’s Amrita Institute after he was declared brain dead.
This was just an hour after Shreya visited the hospital.