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First US Hand Transplant Patient Shows No rejection One Month Later

For Immediate Release: 2/19/1999

(Louisville, Kentucky) - U.S.'s first hand transplant patient, Matt Scott, 37, continues to clinically show no signs of rejection nearly one month after surgeons from Kleinert, Kutz and Associates and University of Louisville performed the historical procedure at Jewish Hospital. Jon Jones, Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville transplant surgeon said , "Monday's protocol biopsy of the tissue showed no sign of rejection." Physical therapist Anne Hodges with the Christine M. Kleinert Institue for Hand and Micro Surgery continues to work with Scott on a daily basis directing rehabilitation of the hand. Dr. Guy Foucher, president of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, visisted Scott during physical therapy sections this week. Foucher was pleased with the progress Scott is making to gain strength and use with his new left hand.

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