Hand transplant patient begins new journey

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by Tyler Druin

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Updated Friday, May 11 at 8:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - - Jewish hospital's latest hand transplant recipient is headed home.

Ronald Thurman lost his hand in a farming accident in 2003. He is the oldest patient to receive a hand transplant at Louisville’s Jewish Hospital.

Thurman said "I've still got therapy to do when I get home and I'm not completely done with my work, I understand that, but it's nice to go home and sleep in my own bed."

Thurman, 56, of Marion, Ind. received a new hand in February after a grueling 15 hour surgery.

Thurman said “I feel great and I have had a good experience in Louisville, I’m just ready to go home”.

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