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Jim Ray

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NAME: Jim Ray

AGE AT TIME OF TRANSPLANTATION: 67

DATE OF TRANSPLANTATION: November 25, 2014

 
BIRTH DATE: June 6, 1947

RACE: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: Retired Human Resources Executive

PLACE OF BIRTH: Dorton, Kentucky

CURRENT RESIDENCE: Bowling Green, Kentucky

DATE ENTERED ON ORGAN DONOR NETWORK:  October 8, 2014

FAMILY: Wife, Judy; three adult sons and two grandchildren

MEDICAL HISTORY: Mr. Ray was injured on July 20, 2012 when he lost control of his   dragster car during a test drive at a racing track. His right hand was amputated and left hand was de-gloved at the wrist during the accident.  Kleinert Kutz hand surgeons were able to save his left hand, but not the right.  He currently uses a hook-type prosthesis for his right hand and needs help with many of the everyday living activities. He is right hand dominate.

UPDATE: Our team performed a hand transplant on November 25, 2014 on our most recently enrolled recipient, 67-year-old Jim Ray.  The transplant was a single right arm transplant.  We regret to inform you that the transplanted hand/forearm was failing yesterday and after consulting with the family, the team made a decision to remove the transplanted limb. The team will be reviewing the case.

Mr. Ray is recovering well following the surgery at Jewish Hospital.

Our team of expert physicians, surgeons and researchers will be evaluating the procedure to learn as much as possible that will help future hand transplant recipients. The team is grateful to Mr. Ray for his pioneering spirit, and he and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.

News Releases / Announcements

Statement from Joseph Kutz, MD, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center and co-principal investigator of the hand transplant clinical trial and Jewish Hospital

Louisville team performs hand transplant on Bowling Green, Kentucky man

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Video:  Hand Transplant Recipient Jim Ray Surgical B-Roll

 

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