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Nation's First Successful Hand Transplant Recipient to Appear on Italian National Television

For Immediate Release: 11/9/2000

Matt Scott to appear with Italy's first hand transplant patient and surgeon. (Louisville, Kentucky) The nation's first successful hand transplant recipient, Matt Scott will not be arriving in Louisville this week to begin a round of tests and examinations by physicians and therapists as previously planned. Instead, he will be appearing in Italy on RAI Television next week. The partnership of physicians from Jewish Hospital, Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, and the University of Louisville have rescheduled his two-year check-up for January 2001 - his two-year anniversary. The press briefing originally set for Friday, November 10th, 10 a.m. (EST), at the Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center in the 16th floor Conference Center, 201 Abraham Flexner Way has been postponed until January 2001 (exact date to be determined). Scott had planned to come to Louisville for a speaking engagement, which has been rescheduled for later next year. Because of Scott's busy work, the two-year check-up had been planned around the speaking engagement. He will travel to Rome next week to appear on "Fatti Vostri" (loosely translated as "Your Life") which is broadcast Monday through Friday on the Italian broadcasting station RAI 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Scott will appear on Friday, November 17th discussing his personal experience of the hand transplant. Appearing with Scott will be Professor Marco Lanzetta who performed Italy's first hand transplant in Monza about five weeks ago and a live link with the Italian hand transplant patient, 35 year old, Valter Visigalli. Scott who spoke from his home in Absecon, New Jersey said, "Now that the Italians have performed a hand transplant, I am encouraged by the continuing attempts to perform hand transplants around the world. More and more people are experiencing what I am feeling. I am excited about going to Rome to talk with Professor Lanzetta and hearing from their patient. The recent Italian hand transplant is one of seven that have been performed around the world. A single and double hand transplant were performed in Lyon, France; a single in Louisville, Kentucky; two singles in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China; and a double in Innsbruck, Austria. Warren C. Breidenbach, M.D., hand transplant surgeon, who led the 18-member surgical team at Jewish Hospital in Louisville says, "The more hand transplants that are performed around the world, the more we will learn about this experimental procedure. We look forward to sharing information with the Italian team. We hope that their patient will see and feel the success that Scott has received from his transplant." He added, "Our patient continues to remain healthy, gain function in his hand and continues his hand therapy twice a week." Scott is able to rotate his wrist and move his fingers to perform such tasks as tying shoes, driving a car, drinking from a glass, and throwing a baseball. Worldwide, the hand transplant procedure is expected to greatly impact the future of transplantation and reconstructive surgery. The Louisville hand transplant program was developed through a partnership with physicians and researchers at Jewish Hospital, the University of Louisville and Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, PLLC. Information and photos of Matt Scott and the Louisville hand transplant team are available online at

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