World's first quadruple limb transplant fails at Turkish Hospital

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(CBS/AP) The world's first quadruple limb transplant has failed, according to the Turkish hospital where the operation was performed. Hacettepe University said doctors had to remove two arms and two legs that were transplanted on 27-year-old Sevket Cavdar because of tissue incompatibility.

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Doctors attached the limbs on Cavdar on Friday night. The operation took 20 hours and required 50 doctors to help attach the limbs, the Daily Mail reported. He had lost his arms and legs in 1998 when he was accidentally electrocuted.

What went wrong? According to Agence France-Presse, doctors had to remove one of the legs after the patient's heart and vascular system failed to sustain the limb. Shortly after, the doctors removed the other limbs.

"The science council (of the hospital) decided to remove the organs one by one due to additional metabolic complications in the following process," the hospital told the AFP.

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

The same surgical team also performed a separate face transplant Friday, the second such operation in Turkey this year, The Washington Post reported.