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First U.S. Hand Transplant Patient Shows No Rejection Six Weeks Later

For Immediate Release: 3/5/1999

(Louisville, Kentucky) – Matthew Scott, the 37-year-old hand transplant patient, first in the U.S., continues to progress steadily with no signs of rejection. Scott received a hand transplant on January 24-25, 1999, six weeks ago. Surgeons from Kleinert, Kutz and Associates and University of Louisville performed the historical procedure at Jewish Hospital. "Matt continues to gain strength, control and range of motion in his new left hand," says hand surgeon Warren Breidenbach. Scott began grasping and releasing a weightless styrofoam object two weeks ago and is now practicing with swinging a bat and picking up balls of varying sizes. Transplant surgeon Jon Jones said "Matt’s hand is as clean as a whistle. His weekly biopsies continue to show no signs of rejection." Since Scott left the hospital and took up a temporary residence in Louisville, Visiting Nurse Association has coordinated his home health care. During his first days out of the hospital, an IV nurse provided intravenous antibiotic medications to prevent infection. A VNA nurse now provides dressing changes on weekends at the graft site on the days he doesn’t go to therapy. In addition, a home health aide makes daily visits to check his vital signs and provide any needed personal care. Scott continues to show progress in his recovery on 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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Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare Kleinert Institute Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center University of Louisville School of Medicine