Ian McGregor
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Cancer patient's leg kept alive attached to his arm

In a revolutionary 18-hour operation, surgeons at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital have saved the life of a man with cancer using part of his leg which they had attached to his arm to keep it alive.

The surgery - believed by the hospital to be the first of its kind in the UK - involved amputating one of Ian McGregor's legs and using his calf to cover the area where a tumour had been removed.

Mr McGregor, from Sunderland, said he felt like he had been living through an episode of Star Trek.

  • 28 Feb 2014
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