Hand Transplant Recipient Speaks to Spalding University Students on National Organ Donor Day

2/13/2013

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Donnie Rickelman, the Linton, Indiana man who became the seventh hand transplant recipient at Jewish Hospital in July 2011, will share his story with students from Spalding University in honor of National Organ Donation Day.

Rickelman will be joined by Michael Marvin, M.D., Jewish Hospital director of Transplantation and University of Louisville professor of Surgery.  Dr. Marvin oversees immunosuppressive therapy for Donnie and other hand transplant recipients and monitors for signs of rejection and adverse reaction to medications.

Rickelman injured both hands in a factory accident on March 9, 1998 when they were caught in a steel splitter machine. His right dominant hand was crushed and left hand partially amputated below the wrist.

Rickelman’s 14 ½ hour innovative procedure was performed at Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, by surgeons from Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center and Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery.  The transplant was part of the Louisville Vascularized Composite Allograft program (Louisville VCA Program).

What:    Hand Transplant Recipient Speaks to Spalding University Students

When:   Thursday, February 14
               11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Spalding University Egan Leadership Center “lectorium” 
              901 South Fourth Street, 1st Floor
              Parking available in Lot “E”

Opportunities:
• B-roll presentation to students
• Interviews with Donnie Rickelman, hand transplant recipient
• Interviews with Michael Marvin, M.D., Jewish Hospital director of Transplantation and University of Louisville professor of Surgery
• Interviews with Spalding University student participants

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