Louisville Composite Allograft Program’s Eighth Hand Transplant Recipient Prepares for Home

5/9/2012

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Barbara Mackovic
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BarbaraMackovic@KentuckyOneHealth.org
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What: Ronald Thurman, the eighth hand transplant recipient at Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, is preparing to return home to Marion, Indiana this week following several months of care from the Louisville Vascularized Composite Allograft Program team at Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand & Microsurgery, Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville.  He will be available for one-on-one interviews before his departure.

When: Friday, May 11, 2012
9 a.m. to 11 am.

Where: Jewish Hospital, Rudd Heart and Lung Center
 15th floor
 201 Abraham Flexner Way

Opportunities:
• One-on-one interviews available. To schedule, contact Lori Riddle Eberenz 502-589-7711 or lreberenz@bch.com
• Interviews with Joseph Kutz, M.D., partner with Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center and director of the Kleinert Institute
• Interviews with Michael Marvin, M.D., Jewish Hospital director of Transplantation  and University of Louisville professor of Surgery

Background:
At 56 years old, Thurman is the oldest patient to receive a transplant from the Louisville Vascularized Composite Allograft Program team made up of surgeons and researchers from Jewish Hospital, the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center and the University of Louisville.  Joseph Kutz, M.D., partner with Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center and director of the Kleinert Institute, led a team of 24 hand surgeons and two anesthesiologists to perform Thurman’s hand transplant during a 15 ½ hour procedure on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. 

More information is available at www.handtransplant.com.

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