LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Donnie Rickelman, the seventh hand transplant recipient from the Louisville Vascularized Composite Allograft (VCA) program, has regained much of his hand function and has returned to work for the first time since his accident in March 1998. He celebrated the fourth anniversary of his hand transplant today while in Louisville for his annual exam.
The Louisville Vascularized Composite Allograft (VCA) program is a partnership of physicians, researchers and health care providers from Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health; the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery (CMKI); the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center; and the University of Louisville.
On July 10, 2011, Donnie Rickelman became the seventh patient at Jewish Hospital to undergo a hand transplant in a 14½-hour procedure performed by the Louisville VCA program.
Regular visits and evaluations are part of ongoing care for hand transplant recipients. These annual exams contribute significantly to the research portion of the Louisville program, which is funded by the Department of Defense and the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation.
"The hand transplant program is changing the lives of these recipients in remarkable ways, but none of our work would be possible without the generosity of donors and donor families who make the decision to choose organ donation to save and enhance the lives of others." continue reading