The first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant is now looking forward to holding a bottle of beer and wearing shirts with real buttons again.
Chris King Titans Corey Davis Jersey , 57, lost both his hands - except the thumbs - in an accident involving a metal pressing machine at work three years ago.
Now, he has become the first person to have both hands replaced and only the second to have a hand transplant in the UK.
Recovering after the surgery at the UK's specialist centre for the operation at Leeds General Infirmary Titans Harold Landry Jersey , he said: 'I couldn't wish for anything better.
'It's better than a lottery win because you feel whole again.'
Pub landlord Mark Cahill, from Yorkshire, became the first person in the UK to have a hand transplant in 2012 - performed by the same surgeon as Mr King.
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Mr King, from Rossington Titans Delanie Walker Jersey , South Yorkshire, said the operation appears to have been a complete success.
He already has some movement of his hands and says they look 'absolutely tremendous'.
Now, he cannot wait to remove the bandages to look at them properly.
'They're my hands Titans Marcus Mariota Jersey ,' he said. 'They really are my hands. My blood's going through them.
'It was just like the hands were made-to-measure. They absolutely fit.
'And it's actually opened a memory as I could never remember what my hands looked like after the accident - because that part of my brain shut down.'
Mr King also recalled how he spent three years getting used to having no hands and resigned himself to living an adapted life.
He joked he had only just trained himself to stop biting his nails when the accident happened.
With a passion for cycling, he had already had a bike adapted following the accident to continue his hobby.
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Now, he is itching to ride properly and start doing simple things again, such as gardening with his ride-on mower.
And even better Jack Conklin Color Rush Jersey , be will be able to ditch the 'Full Monty Velcro' shirts he has been forced to use.
Next, he is most looking forward to holding a bottle of beer properly - mainly his favourite Timothy Taylor.
Mr King has gone back to work at Eaton Lighting, in Doncaster Jonnu Smith Color Rush Jersey , where the accident happened and he said the firm has been 'brilliant'.
He can remember the ordeal perfectly but said there was no pain and no trauma.
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