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Double-hand transplant patient says he's grateful

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EDMOND, Okla. (AP) -- An Edmond chiropractor who received a double hand transplant last August says he's grateful to again have two hands and 10 fingers.

Rich Edwards tells The Oklahoman that while he has not been able to return to his chiropractic practice, he is able to shower, shave one-handed, buckle his own seat belt and hold a coffee cup with one hand.

He's continuing to go through therapy and has had additional surgeries to keep the hands functioning. Warren Breidenbach, who led the surgical team at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky., says he's prescribed Edwards a medication because Edwards' arteries seem to be thickening.

Edwards' hands were left mangled after a truck fire on Feb. 11,2006. The 17 1/2-hour double hand transplant operation was the third ever performed in the U.S.

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