Indiana man recovering at Jewish Hospital following hand transplant

Louisville, Ky. – Ronald Thurman, a Marion, Indiana farmer, became the latest patient to receive a hand transplant recipient at Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

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. He is recovering in the intensive care unit at Jewish Hospital.

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 the hand transplant during a 15 ½ hour procedure.
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