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U.S. Hand Transplant Patient Receives Six-Month Check Up

For Immediate Release: 7/28/1999

(LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY) A press briefing will be held Friday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT), at the Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center Conference Center (16th floor) to give an update on the progress of the nation’s first hand transplant recipient, Matthew Scott. Scott will address the media and will be available to answer questions. He is returning to the Jewish Hospital campus for a six-month check up, which includes evaluations by a number of physicians along with a biopsy, x-rays and other laboratory tests. Lead hand surgeon Warren Breidenbach, M.D., will give an update on Scott’s hand therapy along with information on the hand transplant program. Lead transplant surgeon Jon Jones, M.D., will also give an update on Scott’s immunosuppressive therapy for the past six months. The hand transplant surgery was performed January 24-25 and lasted 15 hours. This pioneering procedure, which involved an 18-member team, will greatly impact the future of transplantation and reconstructive surgery. The hand transplant program was developed by a partnership of physicians and researchers at Jewish Hospital, the University of Louisville, and Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, PLLC. The press briefing will be up-linked live via satellite coordinates Ku-Band SBS 6 Transponder 5. A signal will be available at 1:45 p.m. (EDT) with the press briefing beginning at 2:00 p.m. (EDT). B-roll documenting the hand transplant and Scott’s six-month check up will follow the briefing. The press briefing can also be viewed via our web site

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