Chris King, 57, lost both hands, except his thumbs, in an accident at work four years ago.

It is now reported on the BBC that Chris is the first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant. He has written a letter of thanks to his surgeon, nine months after his pioneering operation.

It is further reported that Chris can now do a range of tasks, including writing, making a cup of tea and gardening.

The hospital is hoping the procedure could one day be as routine as a kidney transplant.

Having acted for many individuals who have suffered a loss of full or part of limb through a non fault accident, whether at work or as a result of a car crash, this development has broadened the treatment possibilities beyond that of prosthetics albeit some caution must be borne in mind given the risks associated with transplants. This nevertheless is a very positive development for those who have lost a limb.

Matthew Claxson is a Partner at Moore Blatch Solicitors specialising in acting for those who have suffered serious injury or have sadly been bereaved as a result of a non fault accident. Freephone 0800 157 7611 or e-mail: matthew.claxson@mooreblatch.com