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First US Hand Transplant Patient Will Brief the Press Tomorrow

For Immediate Release: 2/8/1999

Louisville, Kentucky) - Matt Scott, 37, the first U.S. hand transplant recipient, and his wife Dawn, will address the press during a briefing Tuesday, February 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center conference center. "Matt is doing just fine and is ready to speak to the media -- which is really encouraging when you consider it is just two weeks after Warren Breidenbach, M.D. and a team from Kleinert, Kutz and Associates performed the 15 hour surgery. He is also strong enough to start spending some time away from the hospital. He will still be coming in for routine testing and his rehab," explained Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville transplant surgeon Jon Jones, M.D. Matt's home health care will be coordinated by Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). VNA will be responsible for administering any IV medications; his daily wound care and diabetic management. Matt spent the weekend with Dawn and their two children. The children left their father for a brief time to take in some recreational activities like going to the circus and zoo. Dawn and the children are expected to return home later this week. National media outlets should make arrangements to obtain coverage of the press briefing from their local affiliates or make plans to attend the briefing. Please call (502) 561-5447 if you plan to attend and have not visited our medical campus before.

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