Double hand transplant patient undergoes surgery - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Double hand transplant patient undergoes surgery


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A double hand transplant recipient is being delayed in his return to Oklahoma and will spend Christmas with family in Kentucky.

Jewish Hospital in Louisville says Edmond, Okla., chiropractor Rich Edwards underwent surgery on Tuesday to remove dead tissue from his right hand and will stay in Louisville this week.

The hospital says Edwards is expected to go to Paducah on Friday to spend Christmas with his son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren before returning to Louisville. Then if the recovery goes well, the hospital says Edwards will return to Edmond for the new year.

Edwards underwent the 17 1/2-hour transplant operation in August. His hands were left mangled in a 2006 truck fire.

His double hand transplant was the first performed at Jewish Hospital and the third in the nation.

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