New York man gets new right hand in transplant

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A New York man who had his right hand amputated after an accident received a new one in a transplant surgery in Louisville.

Jewish Hospital says 43-year-old Jan "Erik" Hondusky is the fifth patient to receive a hand transplant at the hospital. The nation's first hand transplant was done there in 1999.

Hondusky, of Messena, N.Y., crushed and burned his right hand in a furnace accident in 2006. It later had to be amputated. His surgery on Monday took about nine hours. The hospital says it was the swiftest hand transplant surgery it has recorded.

The last hand transplant at Jewish Hospital was done in July on 32-year-old Dave Robert Armstrong from Upland, Calif.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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