The eighth person to receive a new hand under Jewish Hospital’s transplant program is preparing to return home this week. At 56, Ronald Thurman is the program’s oldest transplant patient. He lost his right hand eight years ago in a farming accident and received his new hand in February. It came from 22 year old […]
A Marion, Indiana man has become the eighth person to receive a hand transplant at Louisville’s Jewish Hospital. Fifty-six year old Ronald Thurman received a new right hand in a 15-and-a-half hour procedure that ended this morning. Thurman lost his right hand in a farming accident in 2003. Leaders of the surgical team will hold […]
Three months after receiving a new left hand at Louisville’s Jewish Hospital, Donnie Rickelman says his recovery is going well. The Linton, Indiana man was back at the hospital today for a checkup, and showed how far he’s progressed by wrapping a Christmas gift. Rickelman says he’s always been comfortable with his transplanted hand. “From […]
The Indiana man who received a hand transplant at Louisville’s Jewish Hospital earlier this month is speaking publicly for the first time about the procedure. Thirty-six year old Donnie Rickelman lost his left hand in a factory accident thirteen years ago. His new left hand, transplanted July 10, came from an undisclosed male donor from […]
Thirteen days remain until August 2, the date after which the US will default on debt payments. The so-called “Gang of Six” deficit-reduction plan that emerged on Capitol Hill yesterday is gaining steam. We’ll ask if they can reach a deal on time. Around 5.6 million mothers stay at home, and for many, getting back […]
“I’ve been asked, would I do it again, and I would. It was well worth it. And I can applaud just like everybody else now. I’m very thankful to be able to do that,” he said.
In all of human history, only a handful of people have had the experience Richard Edwards has every day: Looking at the end of his arm and seeing someone else’s hand.
Edwards is the recipient of only the third double-hand transplant ever.
The nation’s third double hand transplant recipient spoke for the second time Tuesday.
Oklahoman Rich Edwards was injured in a fire four years ago. His arms, hands, back and face were severely burned, leaving him with very little function of his hands.
Edwards had additional surgery last week to remove blood clots in his right hand. Lead surgeon Dr. Warren Breidenbach, says he’s not sure what caused the clots.
Sitting next to his wife, Cindy, Rich Edwards was upbeat and positive just over a week after undergoing a 17-and-a-half hour surgery to replace both of his hands.