Dr. Joseph Kutz says the first of the two transplants could take place in January or February.
Seven patients have received hand transplants since the Jewish Hospital program was launched in 1999
Kutz says it’s unclear right now exactly how many more operations will take place next year.
“It depends a lot upon finances, because as you know this is experimental, and is supported by the services, first the Navy then the Army. And with their own budget problems, it’s a wait-and-see as far as any additional finances down the line,” Kutz said.
The most recent transplant recipient is Donnie Rickelman (pictured with Dr. Kutz) of Linton, Indiana, who received a new left hand three months ago and is doing well.