Man Undergoes First U.S. Hand Transplant

The first U.S. double hand transplant took place on Monday at a Pittsburgh hospital.

A spokeswoman for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that patient Jeff Kepner went
into surgery Monday morning. The surgery was expected to take up to
20 hours.

The 57-year-old Kepner is a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who lives in Augusta, Georgia. He told the Sunday News of Lancaster he looks forward to holding his 13-year-old daughter, who was 3 when he lost his hands and feet to a bacterial infection.

Eight double hand transplants have been performed abroad. Last
month French physicians performed the world's first simultaneous
partial face and double hand transplant.

Surgeons at the Pittsburgh hospital recently transplanted a hand
onto a Marine who was hurt in a training accident.

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