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Nation’s First Hand Transplant Recipient Opens Baseball Game With Ceremonial Pitch

For Immediate Release: 4/8/1999

A press briefing will be held Monday, April 12 at approximately 3:10 p.m. (E.S.T.) at the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Phillies ball park in the Phillies Media Room. The briefing will feature Matthew Scott immediately following his ceremonial pitch at the home opener. Matthew Scott became the nation’s first hand transplant recipient in January when surgeons from the University of Louisville and Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center performed the 15-hour procedure at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Both hand surgeon, Warren Breidenbach and transplant surgeon, Jon Jones are pleased with his progress just 10 weeks post-transplant. The 37-year old is a clinical coordinator with Virtua Health in New Jersey and an instructor at Camden County College. Scott and wife, Dawn have two sons, Ian, age 7 and Jeremy, age 2. Scott played baseball before his accident 13 years ago. Although he was left handed, Scott threw with his right hand. The ceremonial pitch will be with Scott’s transplanted left hand. The briefing can be seen via satellite uplink coordinates Telstar 5, Transponder 25. The hand transplant surgery took place at Jewish Hospital on January 24-25 and lasted 15 hours. A partnership of physicians and researchers at Jewish Hospital, the University of Louisville, and Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, PLLC developed the pioneering hand transplant program. PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES WITH MATT SCOTT 7:15 a.m. Leave Louisville International Airport on US Airways flight #1151 9:03 a.m. Arrive in Philadelphia accompanied by hospital personnel. 3:00 p.m. Ceremonial first pitch by Matt Scott 3:10 p.m. Matt Scott will hold a press conference in the Phillies Media approx. Room, ground level behind home plate. 7:30 p.m. Leave Philadelphia airport on US Airways flight #837 9:29 p.m. Arrive in Louisville

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