Ind. man returns to hospital a year after hand transplant

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by WHAS11 newsroom

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Posted on July 10, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 10 at 9:41 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11)- One year after an Indiana man received a hand transplant, he is back at Louisville’s Jewish Hospital.

Donnie Rickelman was injured in a factory accident back in 1998.

 His right hand was crushed, and his left hand partially amputated below the wrist.

 He received a transplant last summer and says now that he has both hands again, his life is back to normal.

Rickelman says he is happy to be back in town for a visit.

 “It’s pretty great. I developed a lot of friends and relationships here. It’s good to see everybody. People around town, the hospital. It’s pretty amazing to come back on the specific day of the anniversary. It’s just a dream come true,” says Rickelman.

Rickelman says he is been wearing a brace for the past year, standard procedure with hand transplant surgeries.

He is hoping doctors will let him remove the brace sometime this week.

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