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Brigham doctors set sights on leg transplants

Hospital screening patients for a surgery that would be first of its kind in the US

Boston surgeons who have successfully transplanted donor faces and hands onto badly disfigured patients are now evaluating several amputees for leg transplants, a highly experimental operation believed to have been done just twice around the world, and never in the United States.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital approved the leg transplant protocol in February. Surgeons initially would perform double-leg transplants only, because patients with one leg usually are able to walk well with a prosthesis.

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