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Man with world’s first double arm transplant can hug his grandchildren for the first time

Felix Gretarsson, 49, from Kpavogur, Iceland, had his arms amputated after being electrocuted at work and has been unable to hug his daughter or grandchildren ever since

Felix Gretarsson with his granddaughter.
Felix Gretarsson with his granddaughter.

A man who had the world’s first full double arm transplant 16 months ago is already working out in the gym and hugging his grandchildren.

Felix Gretarsson, 49, had his arms amputated after being electrocuted at work in 1998.

After a long search, he found surgeon Jean-Michel Dubernard and convinced him to perform a double arm and shoulder transplant for the first time in January 2021.

The father-of-two has shocked surgeons with his incredible advances and can now drive his hands, brush his teeth, walk and throw balls for his dog.

One video even shows the moment Felix was allowed to hug his daughter Dilja, 24, for the first time since she was three months old, and their children too.







Felix Gretarsson after the world’s first double arm transplant
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Felix Gretarsson before and after his operation
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He said: “After seeing them cry as little babies and not being able to hold them, it was beyond words.

“The arms up to the wrists feel good and I can feel them, every part of the hand, but it’s still not perfect.

“Just this morning I put my hand out the window and felt the wind on my hand, it was very strange.”







Felix before the world’s first double arm transplant
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Felix before the accident that took him in his arms
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Icelander Felix, who moved to Lyon in 2013 in hopes of having the surgery, shows off his new skills in videos, including cleaning his patio with a high-pressure hose.

He said: “I’ve achieved something that shouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t pushed and pushed it.

“If I hadn’t lost my arms, I wouldn’t be living in France with my wife [Sylwia] today.

“So many good things to take away from it – that’s what kept me going. There is always a silver lining.”

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