Scientific advances are astounding, and in this case, really weird.

When someone loses a body part in an accident, there's very little time to reattach it successfully. Without a blood supply, the muscles and other structures begin to die, so if the operation can't be done very quickly, the limb is lost.

Enter the idea of attaching the severed part to another part of the body first.

Xiao Wei of China lost his hand in a work related accident and doctors kept it alive by attaching it to his ankle while they took care of his other injuries.

You can read the full story and see the photo of this amazing and bizarre temporary transplant at iflscience.com.