Hand Transplant Recipient's Identity Disclosed

by Rick Howlett on August 26, 2010

Officials at Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center have disclosed the identity of the man who received a double hand transplant this week.

He’s 55 year old Dr. Richard Edwards, a former chiropractor from Edmond, Oklahoma.

He lost most of both hands in 2006, when he became trapped in his burning truck.

Lead surgeon Dr. Warren Breidenbach says Edwards was still in intensive care Thursday but was up and about, and both hands look good.

At a press conference after the procedure Wednesday, Breidenbach said having both hands immobilized in braces over the next six weeks will be a challenge for Edwards.

“If you’re doing a single hand transplant, you’ve still got one hand that can take care of your activities of daily living. When you’ve got both hands tied up in braces, you’re going to be paralyzed for a while,” he said.

The double hand transplant was the third in the nation and the first in Kentucky.

The 17-and-a-half hour operation began Tuesday night.

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sharib August 28, 2010 at 6:44 am

hy plz help me sir my brother is injured he lost his hand in a blast so we heard that u translant hand u know i mean plz we will pay what ever it takes to the operation so plz reply us waiting for ur answer

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