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Hand Transplant Recipient to Throw Louisville River Bats Ceremonial Pitch

For Immediate Release: 4/24/2001

LOUISVILLE, KY – Patient Jerry Fisher, the second person in the United States to receive a hand transplant, will be honored Wednesday, April 25 at the Louisville Slugger Field when he throws the ceremonial pitch at the Louisville RiverBats' home game.

Hand surgeon Joseph E. Kutz, M.D., Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, PLLC and lead transplant surgeon Darla K. Granger, M.D., University of Louisville, along with other members of the hand transplant team at Jewish Hospital will join Fisher for the game.

When asked to throw the ball, Fisher choose the “Kentucky Organ and Tissue Donation Night” to thank Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) and the donor family for his new left hand. KODA is the organ procurement organization that coordinated the donation of the hand. The

RiverBats will take on the Indianapolis Indians, Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, with a scheduled start of 7:15 p.m.

The transplant procedure performed Feb. 16-17 at Jewish Hospital included an 18-member hand transplant surgical team from Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, and the University of Louisville as well as a five-member team from Anesthesiology Associates. The group of surgeons that performed the procedure also performed the nation's first hand transplant on Matthew Scott two years ago.

Visit our web site at or for more information on hand transplantation. Contact the RiverBats Media Relations Director, Jeff Hollis, at (502)-212-BATS for additional game information.

Interview and photo opportunities available.

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