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WHEN he woke up this morning, Brendan Cole asked the nurses to pinch him. He could hardly believe he was alive.
On Friday night, Mr Cole, 32, was disembowelled, the organs removed from his abdomen. He woke up after what doctors say is Australia's first intestine transplant, a 12-hour operation at Austin Health.
A doctor showed Mr Cole pictures on his phone of the new intestine. Mr Cole, who was groggy but awake yesterday, said: ''It honestly brought tears to my eyes. It's something that I