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2013-06-17 00:21:12

Research Program Focuses on Bi-Lateral Hand Transplants; Aims to Demonstrate Safety and Improve Children's Quality of Life BOSTON, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boston Children's Hospital today announced that investigators are now recruiting subjects for the world's first pediatric hand transplant program. The Boston Children's Hand Transplant Program, led by principal investigator Amir Taghinia, MD, and William Harmon, MD, is a research-based program that will offer...

2013-01-29 20:21:24

BALTIMORE, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Surgeons from the Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, led by its chief, James P. Higgins, MD, have performed their first double arm transplant on a 26-year old Iraq war vet. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130129/DC50761 ) The recipient, Brendan Marrocco from Staten Island, was 22 when he lost all four limbs during a roadside bomb explosion in 2009. He is the first quadruple amputee to have...

2011-11-04 11:55:00

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time in the Delaware Valley Region, a patient has undergone a complex and intricate bilateral hand transplant that could significantly enhance the quality-of-life for persons with multiple limb loss. The procedure was performed by Penn's Hand Transplant Program which operates under the leadership of the Penn Transplant Institute and in collaboration with Gift of Life Donor Program, the nonprofit organ and tissue donor program...

2011-11-01 20:48:52

First such procedure performed in the region For the first time in the Delaware Valley Region, a patient has undergone a complex and intricate bilateral hand transplant that could significantly enhance the quality-of-life for persons with multiple limb loss. The procedure was performed by Penn's Hand Transplant Program which operates under the leadership of the Penn Transplant Institute and in collaboration with Gift of Life Donor Program, the nonprofit organ and tissue donor program which...

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2011-06-12 06:46:26

A Connecticut woman who was mauled more than two years ago has received a new face, the third full face transplant to be performed in the United States. Charla Nash, 57, was attacked by a friend's 200-pound chimpanzee in February 2009. Travis the chimpanzee went berserk and ripped off Nash's hands, nose, lips and eyelids before police shot and killed it. The mauling left Nash blind and she has only been able to take in pureed food through the small opening that was left of what used to be her...

2011-03-29 13:39:53

First for Emory - College student from Orlando undergoes 19-hour procedure to improve quality of life Transplant and reconstructive surgeons from Emory University Hospital announced today at a news conference that they have successfully performed a rare complete hand transplant on 21-year-old Linda Lu, a college student from Orlando, Fla.  This is a first for the Atlanta Hospital.  The 19-hour surgery took place on Saturday, March 12 and involved multiple teams of surgeons,...

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2011-03-24 11:47:11

Peter Walsh, 65, who lost his hands and feet to a bacterial infection four years ago, has become Australia's first recipient of a hand transplant, AFP reports. The successful nine-hour operation was performed in Sydney this week. Mr. Walsh's wife, Marg Walsh, told reporters, "He's just so grateful to the donor family for this generous gift and we are thinking of that as well." The medical director of hand transplant program at UCLA, Dr. Sue McDiarmid explained to ABC News in Australia that...

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2011-03-08 14:35:17

Patient hopes procedure will enhance her ability to care for her daughter Surgeons at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center performed the first hand transplant in the western United States in an operation that began one minute before midnight on Friday, March 4, and was completed 14-and-a-half hours later, on Saturday, March 5. The transplant was performed on a 26-year-old mother from Northern California who lost her right hand in a traffic accident nearly five years ago. UCLA is only the fourth...

2009-06-15 11:45:57

A doctor in France says the man who was the first person to undergo a successful face and double-hand transplant has died of a heart attack. Surgeon Laurent Lantieri said the death of the French national, whose identity was not reported, was apparently caused by a heart problem and not the result of his groundbreaking transplant operation, The Daily Telegraph said Monday. We have no explanation for the cardiac arrest, Lantieri said, adding an autopsy may offer additional clues to man's recent...

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2009-04-11 16:10:23

Doctors in Boston performed the world's seventh face transplant on Thursday, and are planning more.  "Society is allowing us to do this. I think you're going to see more and more," said Dr. Frank Papay in an interview with the Associated Press. Dr. Papay, a surgeon who assisted in the nation's first face transplant last December at the Cleveland Clinic, said this is particularly true for military personnel who have become disfigured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The initial...