Chris King, 57, made his first visit to Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds
Chris King, 57, made his first visit to Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds to watch the Rhinos play cross-Pennine Super League rivals Widnes Vikings.
But his remarkable visit comes after both his hands were replaced in a pioneering operation at Leeds General Infirmary, in July last year.
The brave Rugby League fan was applauded himself at half-time when he went on to the pitch and pulled out the winning ticket for the golden gamble draw.
Mr King, from Rossington near Doncaster, lost his hands in a work accident when they were caught in an industrial cutting machine.
He was the second patient in the UK to have a hand transplant operation by Professor Simon Kay but the first to have both done.
After the match, Mr King said he enjoyed every minute of the Rhinos’ 42-22 victory.
The brave Rugby League fan was applauded himself at half-time when he went on to the pitch
He said: “It’s been absolutely exhilarating. It’s my first game I’ve come to and it was absolutely brilliant. It’s picked me up no end.
“It’s nice to have a 42-22 win against Widnes. But the day overall has been absolutely fantastic. A lot better than I imagined. There’s more atmosphere with the live match than there is at home.
Chris King pulled out the winning ticket for the golden gamble draw
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Mr King lost his hands in a work accident when they were caught in an industrial cutting machine
“We got there in the end. That’s why I’ve got a smile on my face. It’s a good home win for us.”
He added: “I’ve cheered and clapped like everybody else. It’s been a tremendous day for me. Thank-you to Leeds for that. Leeds Rhinos – number one.”
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