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Guðmundur Felix heads for rehab

02.03.2021 - 15:18
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Guðmundur Felix Grétarsson has been allowed to leave the care of Édouard Herriot hospital in Lyon, France, and has been moved to another hospital where he will begin rehabilitation that will hopefully help him to make full use of the two new arms and shoulders transplanted onto his body late last year.

“It is good to take the next step, but I will miss the staff that have been with me for the past weeks. What a great collection of fantastic people,” Guðmundur Felix said. 

The thanks to the French doctors and nurses came not only from the patient himself, who faces a three-year rehabilitation process, but also in a letter from the President of Iceland. 

In the letter, addressed to surgeon Lionel Badet, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson writes that all of Iceland has followed Guðmundur’s story since his horrific accident at the end of the last millennium.  

The nation has also marvelled at his endurance, patience, and bravery, the president wrote, before going on to thank the medical team for their pioneering work in giving him a whole new set of arms and shoulders. 

“You succeeded in what would until recently have been considered impossible. With your experience and expert knowledge as a weapon, it succeeded,” Guðni wrote in French. The significance of their achievement and the debt of gratitude is only bigger given that the first-of-its-kind operation was carried out during the pandemic, when the whole world’s medical community is under such great strain. 

Guðni wrote that while it is still too early to declare the operation a total success, it is certainly possible to declare that the team did their very best. The thoughts of Icelanders are with Guðmundur Felix on his journey to recovery and rehabilitation. 

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