Hand Transplant Recipient Going Home, Will Meet Donor’s Father

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 […]

Physical Therapy Paying Off For Hand Transplant Recipient

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 […]

Transplant Recipient Getting Accustomed To New Left Hand

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 […]