LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Donnie Rickelman, the seventh recipient of a hand transplant at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, is expected to return to his home in Indiana this week where he will continue his therapy, according to a news release from Jewish.
Rickelman became the seventh hand transplant recipient during a 14-1/2 hour procedure at Jewish Hospital on Sunday, July 10, 2011. Joseph Kutz, M.D. with Kleinert Kutz & Associates led the 15-member team of hand surgeons.
Rickelman, a 36-year old Linton, Indiana resident, had both hands injured in a factory accident on March 9, 1998 when they were caught in a steel-splitter machine. His dominant right hand was crushed and his left hand partially amputated below the wrist, leaving a partial thumb and limited wrist movement with the left hand.