PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Georgia man who underwent the first double
hand transplant in the United States is recovering at a Pittsburgh
Jeff Kepner lost his hands and feet to a bacterial infection 10
years ago. He underwent surgery lasting just under nine hours
Monday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where a team
of surgeons worked on each hand simultaneously.
A spokeswoman says the 57-year-old Kepner is listed in critical
but stable condition, which is what doctors anticipated.
Kepner, a Lancaster, Pa., native who lives in Augusta, Ga., told
the Sunday News of Lancaster before his surgery he was looking
forward to holding his 13-year-old daughter, who was 3 when he lost
his hands and feet.
Eight double hand transplants have been performed abroad. Last
month, French physicians performed the world's first simultaneous
partial face and double hand transplant.
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