Published on February 27th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Quadruple Limb Transplant Recipient in Turkey Dies After Metabolic Failure
A hospital in Turkey has confirmed that after an ambitious quadruple limb transplant on a 27-year-old patient, the man has died from complications due to the surgery.
Sevket Cavdar was electrocuted in 1998, losing all four of his limbs in the accident. Cavdar received the quadruple limb transplant Friday, but doctors were forced to remove one of the transplanted legs Sunday after the procedure began to fail. Eventually, all four of the man’s new limbs were removed, with 200 doctors working on the case spending 90 hours in an attempt to save Cavdar’s life.
The hospital expressed sadness in announcing the young man’s death Monday night, releasing a statement that read:
“Metabolic imbalance has claimed the life of our patient despite all our efforts.”
Weeks ago, a triple limb transplant in the region failed when doctors were forced to remove a transplanted leg from a patient that also received two arms during the procedure. A second patient underwent a face transplant in Turkey on Friday, and that patient is said to be doing well.