Man fitted with incredible donor biceps after horrific accident set arms on fire

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A man has been fitted with groundbreaking donor biceps after both of his arms were set on fire.

Felix Gretarsson, 49, from the town of Kpavogur in Iceland, was electrocuted in 1998 while trying to fix a power line.

Surgeons inserted a metal plate in his spine and carried out 54 operations in a desperate bid to save the electrician’s life.

After coming out of a three-month coma, he fell into substance abuse to deal with the chronic pain.

In 2007, Felix saw an advert on TV for a lecture at the University of Iceland by renowned surgeon Dr Jean-Michel Dubernard, most famous for performing the first successful hand transplant in 1998.

He quizzed him on the future possibility of full arm transplants.

Four years later, surgeons accepted his application, and Felix launched a nationwide fundraising campaign in Iceland to help pay for the operation.

On the 23 year anniversary of his accident in January, he had a double arm and shoulder transplant in a 15-hour surgery.

Six months on, thanks to hundreds of hours of rehabilitation work, Felix can move his arms.

He is now fighting hard to be able to hug his children again and his wife and grandkids for the first time.

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Speaking about waking up with new arms, the grandad-of-two said: "The first thing I thought was who the f**k does this on purpose, because the pain when I woke up was so excruciating.

"It was like there was two trucks parked on each of my shoulders.

"Having been through hospitalisation before I kind of knew the first time it feels like the end of the world and that you're going to be a patient for the rest of your life.

"But when you recover you know it’s just temporary this s**t will pass so I put my heels down and put my head down."

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Felix now lives in Lyon, France with his new wife Sylwia Gretarsson, 33.

He added: "The feeling in the nerves can be a little painful when they grow.

"If you poke my arm I can feel the nerves inside even if I can't feel the skin.

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"I am moving the elbow in water, my bicep is now working and that's only five months after.

"I just noticed the veins in my arms are starting to expand in the heat and that doesn't happen unless automatic nervous system is working.

"I am so hopeful that I am going to be able to move my hands as well which nobody expected – except me."

He was laying on his back in recovery for six weeks.

In March, he was moved to rehabilitation and, after his body rejected the new limbs twice and a painful skin fungus, Felix is making incredible progress.

Doctors told Felix that nerves grow on average a millimetre every day, so estimate they'll reach his elbow in a year, and his hands in two.

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