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Louisville Composite Allograft Program’s Seventh Hand Transplant Recipient Celebrates First Anniversary

For Immediate Release: 7/6/2012

What:     Donnie Rickelman, the Linton, Indiana man who received a hand transplant at Jewish Hospital  in  Louisville, Kentucky will return to Louisville on July 10 for regular evaluations with physicians and researchers from the Louisville Vascularized Composite Allograft Program team at Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand & Microsurgery, Jewish Hospital and University  of Louisville.  Rickelman, 36, injured both hands in a factory accident in 1998. His right hand was crushed and his left hand was partially amputated below the wrist.  He received his hand transplant in July 2011.

When: Tuesday, July 10
             1 – 3 p.m.

Where: Jewish Hospital, Rudd Heart and Lung Center
              Conference Center (CC floor), Living Room
              201 Abraham Flexner Way

• One-on-one interviews available with Rickelman. To schedule, contact Lori Riddle Eberenz 502-589-7711 or
• New B-roll of Rickelman, Joseph Kutz, M.D., partner with Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center and director of the Kleinert Institute, and Michael Marvin, M.D., Jewish Hospital director of Transplantation and University of Louisville professor of Surgery

*Editor’s Note: More information is available at

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Donnie Rickelman

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