Hand Transplantation Marks Historical 10-Year Milestone
A press conference will be held to mark the 10-year anniversary of hand transplantation on
Segments of the press conference and b-roll will be up linked via satellite from
Satellite: AMC 6 – TR 24
72 degrees west
Downlink frequency 4180 horizontal
Audio 6.2 6.8
A partnership of physicians and researchers at Jewish Hospital, the
Matthew David Scott, world’s first successful hand transplant recipient
Warren C. Breidenbach, M.D., Kleinert Kutz & Associates, lead hand transplant surgeon
Kadiyala Ravindra, M.D., Jewish Hospital Transplant Surgeon; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery at University of Louisville
Joseph Buell, M.D., Director of Jewish Hospital Transplant Program; Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery University of Louisville
Other U.S. hand transplant recipients include:
Gerald David Fisherfrom Michiganbecame the second hand recipient on February 17, 2001. In 1996, Fisher underwent amputation of his non-dominant left hand at the wrist as a result of a fireworks accident.
David Savagefrom Michigan, third hand transplant recipient on Nov. 29, 2006. Savage lost his hand in an industrial accident more than 30 years before the surgery.
- Dave Robert Armstrong, a
Californiaresident, was the fourth hand recipient on July 12, 2008. Armstrong injured his dominant right hand nearly seven years ago when a gun misfired.
Jan “Erik” Honduskyfrom New Yorkbecame the fifth hand recipient on November 24, 2008. He lost his dominate right hand in a furnace accident on April 12, 2006when his hand was crushed and burned thus requiring amputation.
Breidenbach, Ravindra and Buell will provide updates on all five men who have received hand transplants at Jewish Hospital.
Each patient was placed on one or more immunosuppressive drugs at a reduced dosage to lower the risks associated with the anti-rejection medication. Those risks include a higher incidence of cancer, infections and other disorders.
Jewish Hospital is the only center in
Kentuckiana Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) coordinated the donation of the hands for all five U.S. hand transplant recipients. KODA worked very closely with the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization for the fifth hand transplant to coordinate the hand donation with the family and hospital. Without the help of these organ procurement agencies and the families, these procedures could not have taken place.
The third, fourth and fifth U.S. hand transplants are sponsored by the Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research and Office of Army Research to further research in the composite tissue allotransplantation program.
A hand transplant, unlike a solid organ transplant, involves multiple tissues (skin, muscle, tendon, bone, cartilage, fat, nerves and blood vessels) and is called composite tissue allotransplantation.
To date, there have been a total of 40 hands transplanted on 32 patients around the world.
Information, photography and video are available on our web sites at www.handtransplant.com and www.jewishhospital.org. Video on the website is not broadcast quality. For broadcast quality clips of the press conference and b-roll, go to http://handtransplant.com/media.asp.
Photo and interview opportunities will be available with the speakers. Also available will be:
Jan “Erik” Hondusky, the U.S. fifth hand transplant recipient
Bob Shircliff, president/CEO, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare
Larry Cook, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Louisville
Martin Bonick, President/CEO, Jewish Hospital
Jenny Miller Jones, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates
SOURCE Jewish Hospital,