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Nation Second Hand Transplant Recipient Looking Forward to Starting Rehab

For Immediate Release: 2/20/2001

LOUISVILLE, KY – The surgical team that performed the nation's second hand transplant during a 13-hour operation over the weekend is scheduled to give an update on the patient's condition at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21. Patient Jerry Fisher, a 36-year-old Jackson, Michigan resident, is listed in good condition and is anxious to start his rehabilitation schedule, according to the medical team. He remains hospitalized at Jewish Hospital.

The news conference (and B-roll of the patient's dressing change) will be up-linked live via satellite and available for down link at coordinates: Ku-Band SBS 6, Transponder 5, Vertical Frequency 11823 MHZ. The signal will be available from 2-3 p.m. (EST), Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Fisher's bandages were changed for the first time Monday afternoon. Lead hand transplant surgeon Warren C. Breidenbach, III, M.D., Kleinert, Kutz and Associates, reported that, “Jerry's new hand looks great with less swelling than expected.” Photos of the dressing change are available at B-roll is available upon request or via down link following the press conference. The photos and B-roll give the first glimpse of the patient's new hand.

The 18-member transplant team included surgeons from Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, PLLC, the University of Louisville and Jewish Hospital as well as a five-member team from Anesthesiology Associates. Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, an organ procurement organization, coordinated the donation of the hand for Fisher. Information, photography and streaming video are available on our web sites at or

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