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Jewish Hospital to Host Celebration Event for Double Hand Transplant Recipient

For Immediate Release: 12/10/2010

LOUISVILLE, KY.— Team members from Jewish Hospital, Kleinert Kutz and Associates, the Christine M. Kleinert Institute and University of Louisville will gather for a celebration event with Dr. Rich Edwards, nation’s third double hand transplant recipient, and is wife, Cindy.  Dr. Edwards is expected to return to his home in Oklahoma for the holidays.  This will be the first time he has been home since the initial 17 ½ hour surgical procedure on August 24-25, 2010.

WHAT:  Double Hand Transplant Celebration Event
WHEN: Tuesday, December 14, 2010
              3-5 p.m., Brief remarks at 3:15 p.m.
Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart & Lung Center
Hank Wagner Conference Center, 16th floor, Living Room
201 Abraham Flexner Way

• Dr. Rich Edwards, recipient of region’s first double hand transplant
• Dr. Warren Breidenbach, partner at Kleinert Kutz  and Associates and assistant clinical professor of surgery at the University of Louisville
• Marty Bonick, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare, senior vice president

The Composite Tissue Allotransplantation program is a partnership of physicians, researchers and healthcare providers at the Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center, Kleinert Kutz and Associates, the Christine M. Kleinert Institute 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 team’s 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.

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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