NEWS Doctors at Duke perform NC's first hand transplant

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DURHAM, N.C. — A Texas man has a new lease on life after doctors at Duke University Hospital made history last month by performing North Carolina's first hand transplant.

Rene Chavez, 54, of Laredo, received his new left hand on May 27 during a complex, 12-hour procedure performed by a team of 17 surgeons led by Dr. Linda Cendales, associate professor of surgery at Duke University School of Medicine and director of Duke's hand transplant program.

Chavez, who lost his hand when he was 4 years old in an accident with a meat grinder, came to North Carolina on May 26 after a deceased donor was identified as a hand match. He is one of about 90 people worldwide who have received a hand transplant. Continue reading
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