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Hand Transplant Recipient and Physicians to Provide Progress Update at Jewish Hospital

For Immediate Release: 9/10/2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Dr. Warren Breidenbach, with Kleinert Kutz will provide an update on the condition of Dr. Richard “Rich” Edwards, the nation’s third double hand transplant recipient on Monday, September 13.

The 17 ½ hour innovative procedure took place on August 24-25, 2010, at the Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center. Dr. Breidenbach led a team of 20 hand surgeons to perform the bilateral hand transplants.

Dr.  Edwards was taken back into surgery on Wednesday, September 8 to restore blood flow, being blocked by clots, to his right hand. In addition, skin coverage is a problem that may require further surgery soon.  The burned skin covering the vessels is of poor quality and may need to be replaced.
WHAT: Lead Surgeon Dr. Breidenbach to provide update on surgery, progress and answer questions
WHEN: Monday, September 13, 2010 2 p.m.
Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart & Lung Center
Hank Wagner Conference Center, 16th floor
200 Abraham Flexner Way
Louisville, Kentucky

• Warren Breidenbach, MD, Partner, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of Louisville

The Composite Tissue Allotransplantation program is a partnership of physicians and researchers at Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center, Kleinert Kutz , Christine M. Kleinert Institute, and the University of Louisville. The group developed the pioneering hand transplant procedure and has performed five other hand transplants since 1999.  Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates coordinated the hand donation for the teams hand transplant procedures.

The hand transplant is sponsored by the Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research and Office of Army Research to further research in the composite tissue allotransplantation program.

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Barbara Mackovic
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Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare Kleinert Institute Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center University of Louisville School of Medicine