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Louisville Program's Seventh Hand Transplant Recipient Celebrates Anniversary By Throwing Out The First Pitch at Louisville Bats Game - Archived







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Louisville Program’s Seventh Hand Transplant Recipient Celebrates Anniversary By Throwing Out the First Pitch at
Louisville Bats Game


WHAT:          Donnie Rickelman, the seventh hand transplant recipient from the Louisville Vascularized Composite
Allograft (VCA) program will celebrate the third anniversary of his hand transplant by throwing out the first pitch at the Louisville Bats Game


WHEN:          Thursday, July 10, 2014
                    6:45 p.m.


WHERE:       Louisville Slugger Field
                   401 East Main Street


WHO:             Donnie Rickelman, Hand Transplant Recipient


MORE:          The Louisville Vascularized Composite Allograft (VCA) program, a partnership of physicians, researchers and healthcare providers from Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health; the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery (CMKI); the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center; and the University of Louisville, marked their 15th anniversary of its first and the world’s most successful hand transplant this year. 


In 2011, Donnie Rickelman became the 7th patient to undergo a hand transplant at Jewish Hospital.  Rickelman, who resides in Linton, Indiana, was 36 at the time of his transplant. He lost his left hand in an accident involving a steel splitter machine.



Video and photography of Rickelman throughout his hand transplant journey can be found at



Publish date: 

Wednesday, July 09, 2014