Double Hand Transplant Patient Wants To Hold Hands
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jeff Kepner, the nation's first double hand transplant patient, says he's looking forward to being able to feel his wife's hand as he holds it.
The 57-year-old Augusta, Ga., man underwent a nine-hour surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in early May and talked about his recovery on Thursday.
So far, he can move his fingers a little bit. He does daily therapy to develop the muscle strength to use his hands.
He doesn't yet have feelings in his fingers; doctors hope that will come as his nerves grow.
Kepner says he hopes to inspire others to consider hand replacement. Kepner lost his hands and feet a decade ago to a bacterial infection.