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Former Muncy Man Has Double Hand Transplant

By Staff | May 12, 2009

A former Muncy many who is a 1998 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Technology underwent the first double hand transplant in the U.S.

A spokeswoman for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that 57-year old Jeff Kepner went into surgery around 8 a.m. on May 4. The surgery lasted almost nine hours.

Kepner is a native of Lancaster, who now lives in Augusta, GA. He lost both hands and feet to a bacterial infection 10 years ago.

Although, Kepner’s operation is the first double hand transplant in the United States, eight others have been performed abroad.