Published On: Sat, Feb 2nd, 2013

Jonas Barber, British man has toes grafted to his hand after motorbike crash so he can continue to ride

A British man survives a horrible motorcycle crash but suffers incredible injuries to one of his hands. The man chooses to have two of his toes grafted to the hand to ensure he can continue to motorbike.

As first reported by The Sun, Jonas Barber, age 31, has endured a “gruelling 12-hour operation” to have two of his toes removed and grafted to his right hand by surgeon Prof. Simon Kay, who reportedly conducted the first hand transplant in December, which will ensure the man can grip the handles of his “superbike” and continue riding.

“All that matters is that I have some function back. I was willing to do anything to get back on the bike. But it has also meant I can do all kinds of day-to-day things like hold a laptop or grab a pint.”

“When I first had the accident we initially told my youngest daughter my fingers would grow back.

“Since I’ve had the toes sewn onto my hand she thinks that’s exactly what happened – and we aren’t about to tell her any different.”

He crashed at 80 mph during a race when he was clipped by another rider and his fingers were caught in the brake disc of his BMW.

Barber runs his own business and lives in Leeds with his wife Carla, 30, and three daughters – Amelia, eight, Madison, six, and Freya, four, was injured in Lincolnshire in July 2011.

“There wasn’t much pain. I was more in discomfort from a dislocated shoulder.

“When I got to the hospital it wasn’t good. The doctors said I would just end up with stumps.

“At which point I said ‘don’t you dare take me out of that theatre without sewing them back’.”

The doctors re-attached his index finger but despite treatment with leeches, after about a week they had to remove it again.

Then last March he had the toe transplant at Leeds, Spire Hospital and is now waiting for a further operation to remove scar tissue.

“I’m still self-conscious with it but we have done it for function, that’s the main objective.”

Right-handed Jonas said he can still write better with his new hand than he ever could with his left and his signature has hardly changed.

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