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U.S. Hand Transplant Patient Prepares for Phillies Opening Day

For Immediate Release: 4/7/1999

Matt Scott invited by Philadelphia Phillies to throw first pitch at the season opener – a life long dream for Scott. A press briefing will be held Thursday, April 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center Conference Center (16th floor). The briefing will feature video of Matt Scott’s hand therapy for the past 10 weeks and his preparation for the ceremonial pitch at the Philadelphia Phillies opening game on April 12. Transplant surgeon Dr. Jon Jones, hand therapist Anne Hodges, and orthotist Stephen Chesher will give an update on Matthew Scott’s condition and rehabilitation progress. The briefing can be seen via satellite uplink coordinates SBS6, Transponder 5. The press briefing along with the hand therapy video will be available at the transplant worldwide web site handtransplant.com by 12:00 noon following the press conference. The hand transplant surgery took place at Jewish Hospital on January 24-25 and lasted 15 hours. This pioneering procedure, which involved an eighteen-member team from Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center and University of Louisville, will greatly impact the future of transplantation and reconstructive surgery. The hand transplant program was developed by a partnership of physicians and researchers at Jewish Hospital, the University of Louisville, and Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, PLLC.

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