​​​​Hand transplant
Getting to the last few steps of the procedure in January, surgeons (including Dr. Steven McCabe, second from the left) attach the muscles and plan how to suture the skin. (Photo: UHN)​​

In January 2016, a multi-disciplinary team led by hand surgeon Dr. Steven McCabe, successfully completed Canada's first transplant of the upper limb.

During a procedure lasting approximately 14 hours, a team of 18 surgeons attached the forearm and hand matched from a donor to a patient who had been evaluated as a suitable candidate.

Today, almost six months after this landmark surgery, Maryam Zolfi is ready to introduce herself to the country and talk about how the transplant procedure changed her life.

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