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Nations First Successful Hand Transplant Recipient Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary

For Immediate Release: 1/24/2001

Hand Transplant recipient returns to Jewish Hospital for check-up.

(Louisville, Kentucky) Matthew Scott, the nation's first successful hand transplant recipient will arrive in Louisville today for a series of evaluations and tests to begin January 25-26 at Jewish Hospital and Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center. The check-up will mark his two-year anniversary of the historical transplant procedure.

A press briefing is scheduled Friday, January 26, at 10 a.m. (EST), at the Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center Conference Center (16th floor), 201 Abraham Flexner Way, to give an update on hand transplant recipient, Matt Scott's progress. Scott and his wife Dawn, along with his physicians will address the media and be available to answer questions. Evaluations by physicians during Scott's visit include a biopsy, nerve conduction analysis, physical therapy and orthotics assessment, and other laboratory tests.

The press briefing will be up-linked live via satellite coordinates Ku-Band SBS 6, Transponder 3, Downlink Frequency 11774. The signal will be available at 9:45 a.m. (EST) with the press briefing beginning at 10:00 a.m. B-roll of Scott's visit will also be uplinked before and after the press conference.

Warren C. Breidenbach, M.D., hand transplant surgeon, who led the 18-member surgical team at Jewish Hospital says, “Scott could throw a baseball and swing a light bat two months following surgery, write his name within three, sensation of hot and cold in five, tie his shoes and pick up checkers in eleven, and by twenty months, could use his cellular phone. He continues to gain function in his new hand and at this time, Scott has more function than a prosthesis can allow, but less than a normal hand.

Scott received his new left hand January 24-25, 1999, when surgeons from the University of Louisville and Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, PLLC, performed the 15-hour procedure at Jewish Hospital. The hand transplant team is prepared to perform another transplant and currently has a candidate listed with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates. 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.

The press briefing and b-roll can also be viewed via our web site, but is not broadcast quality. Recent photos of Scott and the surgical team are also available.

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