First double hand transplant patient in the nation speaks of recovery.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News — Jeff Kepner has become the nation’s first patient to undergo a double hand transplant procedure. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), losing his feet and hands to a bacterial infection earlier in life, Kepner, who had reservations in the beginning, recently remarked of being thankful he chose to proceed with the surgery, which was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center during the beginning of May this year.
Kepner is quoted by the AP as stating of his new hands, “I want to try these hands out. I want to put them to use.” He is further quoted as stating of the impact gaining full movement and sense of touch will have for he and his wife Valarie, “It will really free me up and free her (Valarie) up. The independence will be nice, to get that back…and the touch and the feel. That’s the big part for me.”
As noted by the AP, Kepner participates in therapy on a daily basis to increase muscle strength in his new hands. Due to the recent surgery, it will take time and therapy to allow nerves to grow into them so that he can feel again. His biggest goal for his hands is to be able to feel his wife holding them again. Surgeons state that Kepner is showing no sign of rejection, and is recovering progressively.
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