Georgia man recovering after first double hand transplant in U.S.

By Calvin Palmer

The first double hand transplant in the United States has been successfully completed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on a 57-year-old man from Georgia.

Jeff Kepner, a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who lives in Augusta is in a stable condition after surgery yesterday that lasted several hours.

Ten years ago Kepner lost his hands and feet to a sepsis infection. Since late last year he has been undergoing testing to qualify for the transplant. He met the requirements and just had to wait for a suitable donor.

He got the call Sunday morning and flew to Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Last month UPMC performed its first hand transplant on Marine Joshua Maloney who lost his right hand when a stick of dynamite blew up in his hand during a training exercise in Quantico, Virginia.

[Based on reports by The Augusta Chronicle and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.]

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