Louisville Hospital Completes 4th Hand Transplant

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Surgeons at Louisville's Jewish Hospital say they've successfully completed the nation's fourth hand transplant.

The 14-hour procedure started at 2 a.m. Saturday and involved a six-member surgical team along with 12 assisting fellows. The recipient, 32-year-old Dave Robert Armstrong from Upland, Calif., is listed in stable condition.

The Keinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center along with the University of Louisville developed the procedure and completed the first hand transplant in 1999. All four hand transplants have been performed at Jewish.

According to the hospital, a hand transplant is unlike a solid organ transplant because it involves multiple tissues such as skin, muscle, tendon and bone.

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