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U.S. HAND TRANSPLANT PATIENT RETURNING HOME

For Immediate Release: 4/24/1999

(LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY) A press briefing will be held Wednesday, April 28 at 10:45 a.m. (EST) at the Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center Conference Center (16th floor). Matthew Scott will address the media and be available to answer questions. Warren Breidenbach, M.D., lead hand surgeon and Jon Jones, M.D., lead transplant surgeon will give an update on Matthew Scott's condition and the hand transplant program. The United States' first hand transplant patient is in high spirits as he prepares to return home to New Jersey after his three-month stay in Louisville. The hand transplant surgery was performed January 24-25 and lasted 15 hours. This pioneering procedure, which involved an eighteen-member team, 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. The press briefing will be uplinked live. Additional information on the satellite coordinates will be released on Monday, April 26. The briefing can also be seen on the hand web site, www.handtransplant.com.

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