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Patient Stable After First U.S. Double Hand Transplant

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A 57-year-old Georgia man is recovering after undergoing the United States' first double hand transplant.

Jeff Kepner was stable after a day of surgery that ended Monday night, a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center spokeswoman told the Associated Press.

Kepner lost his hands and feet to a bacterial infection. He's a native of Lancaster, Pa., who now lives in Augusta, Ga.

Eight double hand transplants have been performed in other countries, the AP reported. Last month, French surgeons performed the world's first simultaneous partial face and double hand transplant.

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May 20, 2009 - 12:07am
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i am a burn survivor. 6 years ago i was burned 90-95% 3rd & 4th degree. i lost my fingers (all ten), since the burn i have recovered but the loss of my fingers has severly decreased my ability to work and provide for my family. i have been praying for a day like this for years. i don't know who to contact, but if you could help me with information on whom to contact so that maybe i can be placed on a transplant list. anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.

May 7, 2009 - 3:17pm
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Hello, Anon:

What state do you live in? And, is there a burn unit near you?

May 7, 2009 - 5:27pm
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