Hallam lost his hand in a circular-saw accident at Rolleston prison in 1984, where he was serving time for fraud.
The original replant (the reattachment of the severed limb) didn't take, and he had his hand amputated.
After an initial period of over two years during which he had no motor control of the transplanted hand, Hallam voluntarily stopped taking his immunosuppressive drugs. The hand was amputated on 3 February 2001 by the transplant surgeon Nadey Hakim.
Hallam had a bad rep of not taking his medicine regularly, nor was he doing the proper exercises required to build strength and motor capabilities. After a couple of years of criticism as well as lack of motivation to do what was right in order to have a successful hand transplant, Clint Hallam decided to ask for the hand to be re-amputated.
Clint Hallam received a lot of criticism for this surgery because the general public didn't immediately know that he was a convicted felon that had lost his hand while in prison.