Hand transplant recipient treated for rejection

Posted by Amy Kelch - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Hand transplant surgeon Dr. Warren Breidenbach said double hand transplant recipient Dr. Rich Edwards is still recovering from surgery. Edwards received the transplant in Louisville in August. Recently, doctors had to treat a bout of rejection in one of his hands again.

"He's had some vascular problems," said Dr. Breidenbach of Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, "on the right side. Just recently, he came back here for his six month evaluation, he developed some rejection, so we treated, he had to go into the hospital for a few days because of that."

Dr. Breidenbach leaves tomorrow to go to the University of Arizona, where he will help build a hand transplant program. He still will continue to see the six patients he performed transplants on here in Louisville for at least another year.

Dr. Breidenbach said a patient's attitude can be very helpful, and that Edwards had a positive outlook.

"Overall he is doing extremely well," said Dr. Breidenbach. "Here is the main thing, he has the best attitude in the world. As you know, he's very grateful for what he has and he works with us to get the job done."

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