Hand transplant patient tells his story on Organ Donation Day

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Posted on February 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 14 at 8:01 PM

(WHAS11) -- Students at Spalding University had the chance to hear from a hand transplant recipient on National Organ Donation Day.

Donnie Rickelman from Linton, Indiana injured both hands in a factory accident in 1998, when they got caught in a steel splitter machine.

His right hand was crushed and his left hand partially amputated below the wrist. Rickelman underwent a hand transplant at Jewish hospital in Louisville in 2011 and says it changed his life.

Jewish Hospital has performed a total of nine hand transplants on eight patients.
 

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