TV: My New Hand on BBC1

Tuesday 26 February, 10.35-11.35pm, BBC ONE, and available after broadcast via the iPlayer

From the programme’s website: “On Boxing Day night 2012 surgeons at Leeds Infirmary carried out Britain’s first hand transplant.

This film, made over two years, follows the story from the moment Professor Simon Kay and his team decided to go ahead to the moment the patient was able to move the transplanted hand.

During that time candidates came forward from all over the UK and beyond, including a hairdresser, an IT consultant, a former pub landlord, a DJ and a retired housewife – all of whom had lost the use of at least one of their hands.

But before they could go ahead the doctors had to be sure they were physically and psychologically prepared.

Some decided that the risks – including the potentially life-shortening drugs that would need to be taken for the rest of their life – weren’t worthwhile. Others decided that the misery of living without a hand outweighed everything else.

This thought provoking film is with them as they make their decisions – and with the surgeons as the patient who comes through the process is finally taken into the operating theatre.”

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