Patient makes dramatic recovery from amputation to transplanted hand

UCLA NEWSROOM | Amy Albin

UCLA's Dr. Kodi Azari uses novel approach to prepare man for complex surgery

Dr. Kodi Azari, director of the UCLA Hand Transplant program, gets a good grip on Jonathan Koch's transplanted hand. Azari led the surgical teams that amputated Koch's hand and later transplanted another hand. Reed Hutchinson/UCLA
Dr. Kodi Azari, director of the UCLA Hand Transplant program, gets a good grip on Jonathan Koch's transplanted hand. Azari led the surgical teams that amputated Koch's hand and later transplanted another hand.

In October 2016, Jonathan Koch, a 51-year-old entertainment executive from Los Angeles, underwent a 17-hour procedure to replace the hand he lost to a mysterious, life-threatening illness. Six months after surgery by the UCLA hand transplant team and countless hours of physical therapy, Koch continues to make remarkable strides in his recovery.

Already, he has used his new hand to hold a jump rope, dribble a basketball, unscrew a bottle top and swing a tennis racquet. Continue reading
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