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U.S. FIRST HAND TRANSPLANT PATIENT UPDATE

For Immediate Release: 6/9/1999

(LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY) A press briefing will be held Friday, June 11 at 10:45 a.m. at the International Hand Library, 100 East Liberty Street, Suite 100, to provide an update on the condition of the nation's first hand transplant recipient, Matthew Scott, and the hand transplant program. Hand surgeon Elliot L. Ames from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, will be in Louisville to attend the Kleinert Society Reunion and is scheduled to take part in the briefing. As a member of the mirror team set up by the hand transplant program to continue Scott's therapy and provide medical care after his return home to Absecon, New Jersey, he will be giving an update on Scott's condition. Lead hand surgeon Warren C. Breidenbach, III, M.D., Kleinert, Kutz and Associates, will give information on the hand transplant program and its current status. Dr. Breidenbach led the 18-member surgical team that performed the nation's first hand transplant January 24-25. Hand therapist Anne Hodges will also provide an update on Scott's therapy. The hand transplant program was developed by a partnership of physicians and researchers at Jewish Hospital, University of Louisville, and Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, PLLC. NINTH KLEINERT SOCIETY HAND SURGEON REUNION More than 100 physicians from 20 states and 27 countries are scheduled to attend the Ninth Kleinert Society Clinical Reunion hosted by Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, PLLC, June 11-12 at Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center Conference Center (16th floor). Attached is an agenda of the scientific program. B-roll of hand transplantation history will be available at the briefing. If you plan to attend and need a copy of b-roll, please call 561-5447 so we can plan in advance.

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