Baseball player regains use of hand thanks to Kleinert Kutz hand center

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 18 at 6:31 PM

(WHAS11) -- A baseball player from the Dominican Republic is regaining the use of his hand thanks to the Kleinert Kutz Hand Center in Louisville.

24-year-old Michael Moreno was a minor league baseball player for a team in the Dominican Republic affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. On his way home one night after being out with friends, he was in a high-impact car crash. He almost lost his right hand, but in an emergency room a Kleinert-trained surgeon was able to save it

"It was the best moment of my life, to get back again my hand," Michael told WHAS11 News. He is now at Kleinert Kutz working on his recovery.

"He's alive just by the grace of God," said surgeon Luis Scheker with Kleinert Kutz. The center has made huge leaps in microsurgery. They've performed the nation's first five hand transplants, and they've brought surgeons from 58 countries to Louisville to learn.

"I think the community should be proud for what Louisville represents for hand surgery around the world," said Dr. Scheker.

Micheal's doctors say he's recovering well, and he should be able to regain about 75-80 percent of the use of his hand. While he's no longer able to play professional baseball, he's still in the game. Michael says he'll soon start scouting in the Dominican Republic for the Atlanta Braves.

For more information on Kleinert Kutz, head to the following website: http://www.kleinertkutz.com/.

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