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Published on Oct 5, 2011
Donnie Rickelman, the seventh recipient of a hand transplant at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, is expected to return to his home in Indiana. He will continue physical therapy from home. Rickelman received a new left hand in a 14½ hour procedure at Jewish Hospital on Sunday, July 10, 2011. Joseph Kutz, M.D. with Kleinert Kutz & Associates led the 15-member team of hand surgeons. "My experience in Louisville has been great. I love the people here," said Rickelman. "But the hardest part is being away from my family. I'm excited to get back to a regular routine and spend much needed time with my family."