The Courier-Journal: Louisville doctors say hand-transplant patient doing well  |  July 20, 2011

From the Courier-Journal:

The team of doctors who gave an Indiana man a new left hand in a transplant Sunday say he could have 70 percent use of it within six months.

Dr. Joseph Kutz and other doctors on the 16-member transplant team said at a news conference Tuesday at Jewish Hospital that Donnie Rickelman’s hand was working well.

Rickelman, who is 36 and from Linton, Ind., is in intensive care after Sunday’s 141/2 hour procedure. He’ll start physical therapy this week and will remain in Louisville to be monitored for three months.

“We are very proud to be a transplant hospital and to give the gift of life,” Jewish President and CEO Marty Bonick said. “In the case of our hand transplant patients, a better life.”

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