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First US Hand Transplant Patient Continues to Progress

For Immediate Release: 2/12/1999

(Louisville, Kentucky) - Matt Scott, 37, the first hand transplant patient in the U.S., is recovering ahead of schedule almost three weeks after Warren Breidenbach, lead hand transplant surgeon and other Kleinert, Kutz and Associates and University of Louisville surgeons performed the historic procedure at Jewish Hospital. "Matt's left hand is healing quite well and we continue to be pleased with his progress," says Breidenbach. He will continue to be in the current brace for another three weeks with a daily routine of hand and wrist exercises both at home and at Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center. From a transplant standpoint Matt has shown no clinical signs of rejection. Jon Jones, Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville transplant surgeon noted, "we still need to be cautious and monitor his progress very closely by continuing to perform protocol biopsies of the tissue." Matt and his family have enjoyed the spring like temperatures the Louisville area experienced most of the week walking to local restaurants and to and from the hospital.

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