Double Hand Transplant Patient Released from Jewish Hospital

BUSINESS WIRE | Jewish Hospital

Louella Aker, double hand transplant patient, with Dr. Tuna Ozyurekoglu, lead surgeon, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center (Photo: Business Wire)

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A Jeffersonville, Ind. woman, who become the first female hand transplant recipient in Kentucky on September 17, 2016, was released from the hospital today, November 23, 2016.

During a 17-hour procedure in September, Louella Aker underwent a double hand transplant at Jewish Hospital. The 69-year-old acquired an infection while involved in the cleanup of Henryville, Ind. after an EF4 tornado hit the area on March 2, 2012. Aker was later diagnosed with septicemia and underwent a bilateral, below-the-knee amputation on her legs, left forearm amputation, and right partial hand amputation. Aker was added to the organ donor registry on September 18, 2015.

Following her surgery in September, Aker was placed on immunosuppressive medications to prevent rejection of her new hands. Doctors closely monitored Aker for signs of rejection and adverse reaction to medications. She has shown no signs of clinical rejection at this time. Continue reading
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