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Turkey: quadruple limb transplant fails

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – A Turkish hospital says world’s first quadruple limb transplant has failed.

Hacettepe University says doctors had to remove two arms and two legs that were transplanted on 27-year-old Sevket Cavdar because of tissue incompatibility.

Doctors attached the limbs on Cavdar on Friday night. He had lost his arms and legs in 1998 when he was accidentally electrocuted.

The operation followed a failed triple limb transplant two months ago at another hospital in the southern city of Antalya. The doctors there were forced to remove a leg from a patient also due to tissue incompatibility. The same patient also received two arms.

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