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Nation’s Third Double Hand Transplant Recipient and Physicians to Discuss Progress at Jewish Hospital

For Immediate Release: 9/1/2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Dr. Richard “Rich” Edwards, the nation’s third double hand transplant recipient, and his wife, Cindy, will discuss the groundbreaking surgery on Thursday, September 2. The 17 ½ hour innovative procedure took place on August 24-25, 2010, at the Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Edwards will be joined by Dr. Warren Breidenbach, with Kleinert Kutz & Associates, who lead a team of 20 hand surgeons to perform the bilateral hand transplants and  Dr. Michael Marvin, chief of transplantation, Jewish Hospital/University of Louisville, who is responsible for the patient’s immunosuppressant drug regimen.
WHAT: Nation’s third double hand transplant recipient and medical team to discuss progress,   answer questions.
WHEN:   Thursday, September 2, 2010
                 10 a.m. (EDT)
Audio feed from the press conference will be available by calling 1-888-636-3807.  Listen for the prompt and then enter participant code 5792837.  For international callers, dial 212-372-3762. All callers will be placed on hold up to 15 minutes before the press conference begins.

Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart & Lung Center
Hank Wagner Conference Center, 16th floor
200 Abraham Flexner Way
Louisville, Kentucky

• Rich and Cindy Edwards
• Congressman John Yarmuth
• Warren Breidenbach, MD, Partner, Kleinert, Kutz Hand Care Center, Assistant Clinical Professor of  Surgery, University of Louisville
• Michael Marvin, MD, chief of transplantation, Jewish Hospital/University of Louisville
• Marty Bonick, President & CEO, Jewish Hospital Medical Campus

The Composite Tissue Allotransplantation program is a partnership of physicians and researchers at Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center, Kleinert Kutz & Associates, and the University of Louisville. The group developed the pioneering hand transplant procedure and has performed five other hand transplants since 1999.  Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates coordinated the hand donation for the teams hand transplant procedures.

The hand transplant is sponsored by the Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research and Office of Army Research to further research in the composite tissue allotransplantation program.

Patient and physician information, photography and video are available at and  


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