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First U.S. Hand Transplant Patient Shows No Rejection One Month Later

For Immediate Release: 2/19/1999

(Louisville, Kentucky) – U.S.’s first hand transplant patient, Matt Scott, 37, continues to clinically show no signs of rejection nearly one month after surgeons from Kleinert, Kutz and Associates and University of Louisville performed the historical procedure at Jewish Hospital. Jon Jones, Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville transplant surgeon said, "Monday’s protocol biopsy of the tissue showed no sign of rejection." Scott has a stronger range of motion and muscle control. "He is moving his hand well and continues to improve on endurance, strength and ease of motion," says hand surgeon Warren Breidenbach. Physical therapist Anne Hodges with the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Micro Surgery continues to work with Scott on a daily basis directing rehabilitation of the hand. "New functional exercises began late this week," says Hodges. Scott was able to grasp and release a weightless object. During a visit to the United States from France, Dr. Guy Foucher, president of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, visited Scott during one of his physical therapy sessions this week. Foucher was pleased with the progress Scott is making to gain strength and use of his new left hand. Scott continues to progress in his recovery a little ahead of schedule. Because of his intense rehab routine, Scott is accommodating very few media requests. If you have any questions, please contact Public Relations at (502) 587-4230.

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