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First US Hand Transplant Patient Still Progressing at Jewish Hospital

For Immediate Release: 2/5/1999

(Louisville, Kentucky) - Matt Scott, 37, the first hand transplant patient in the U.S., is recovering ahead of schedule eleven days after Warren Breidenbach, lead hand transplant surgeon and other Kleinert, Kutz and Associates and University of Louisville surgeons performed the historic procedure. "Matt is in good condition. He is not showing any signs of rejection or infection and his blood levels look fine. From a rehab standpoint, he is probably a little ahead of schedule. Overall, we are very pleased with his progress," said Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville transplant surgeon Jon Jones. According to Jones, Matt and his wife Dawn, are undergoing extensive training to ensure Matt will be able to manage his medication and rehab schedule once he returns home. A press briefing has been tentatively scheduled for Matt and Dawn to address the media next week. Confirmation and details regarding the press briefing will be sent to the media via fax on Monday, February 8. The Scotts will NOT be granting interviews prior to the briefing. B-roll of an update with Dr. Jones discussing Matt's overall condition and Steve Chesher, CPTA, BOC, lead Orthotist with the Rehabilitation Team, reviewing Matt's rehab progress will be available today after 3:00 p.m. Please call the Public Relations office at 561-5447 to make arrangements to pick up your copy.

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