Post Surgery Hand Transplants.

As most know I am at  UPMC and had undergone hand transplants on Feb, 5th. I am the second bi-lateral done in Pittsburgh and the first in the U.S to have my forearm replaced above the elbow.

 

I hope to get released soon so I can start hand therapy daily 5 days a week totaling 30 hours each week......

They start therapy early on so all the joints do not get stiff and just exercise them daily.

I have no feeling yet but can wiggle my left fingers using my muscles to move them.

The feeling will not be back in my left hand for 6 to 9 months as the nerves only grow 1 inch a month.

And my right probably close to a year cause of where the arm was attached and the length  that the nerves need to grow.

Everything is going well and pretty much routine day in day out. But I am looking forward to getting out as Friday will be 5 weeks uuuugh........

Also next Monday Good Morning America is doing a piece on my surgery .   The 15 th

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89 Responses Mar 10, 2010

Thanks all !

Thanks all ................

Thanks all...

Hugs msshelly...

Thanks Snowy hugs and kisses......

Wow Chris! !You are an amazing person. I know this has probably been tough on you but I know with your determination all of it will be successful :). Stay Strong my friend :)

Thanks Dale G......

Thanks Smugit...

Hey Chris. How's it going? Ever since I heard about your surgery I've been searching the web to see how it went and came across this site. This is Dale G from high school by the way. I'm glad that things are going so well and I'm sure that you made the right decision. Good luck to you and I hope that you make a full recovery. Oh and since it's just in my nature to razz you since that' the kind of guy I am , I will say that if you guys would just let people like me and John Jones steal the corn insead of busting us, then you wouldn't have to pick it.<br />
May God bless you. We'll be prayin for ya.

cheers for your ongoing success! YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY

Thanks Angel..........

Thank you Emptyheart means so much to me.......

What great news! The last time I checked you were hoping for the transplant and now your dream came true! Congratulations and best wishes!

Thank you Stevester.....

Thank you IVotedForPedro....... Your very kind......

I appreciate your kindness...........

Thanks so much..........

You are so brave, congratulations on this gift and blessing.

I mean thank you all.

Thank you all I appreciate your comments....

Great job, Chris!! It was very exciting to see you picking things up. Your experience never ceases to amaze me. I don't think anyone can ever top this one.

Amazing story, hope recovery goes to plan. I worked in UPMC in 1998

Blameiton I appreciate your kindness.....

Thank you MissGuided I appreciate your kindness.....

Praise God he has turned what was taken from you into a miracle. God Bless andkeep up thegood work.

Hugs to you kris99

Hugs to you Hannah.

Hugs to you TEP. Thank you.......

Congrats on the surgery. I am glad everything it went well.

(((HUGS)))) Chris....you are a real trooper. So glad to know you. ;)

Your so sweet Candy. hugs.

Thanks kungfuchic and hugs.....

Thanks smudgit........

Thanks and hugs Cass...

Thanks and hugs to you kissy. I appreciate your kindness.....

Thank you DIG as always I appreciate your kindness. Hugs to you.......

Hugs to you Josie.....

Hugs to you redheads rule.........

Goodgirls gone bad I appreciate your kindness........

As always Candy I appreciate your words of kindness.........

CJ: All I can say is wow, you are amazing. We are so proud of you. Be well, we love you!

Many hugs and lov endless Chris..Sunshine sent to ur heart! `XoXoXo~ thinking of U! ur amazing!!!<br />
{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}

Thank you GT...........

Thank you paco for your thoughts.....

Hugs to you B............

Hugs to you Hannah.........Thank you.

Hugs and kisses fromnowon..........

Hugs mother......

Hugs Mimi 28.....

Thanks luvmc11. Hugs to you...

Thanks FlordiaBreese.....

Hugs JustEm.......

ThaNKS Ptman I appreciate it..

Thanks WiB. Hugs to you......

Hugs fungirlmm.

hugs angeleyes..

hugs nyxie.

good chases tail around in circles happy to wait for walkies! LOL Good man!

Amazing! Only the best. You'll be in my prayers.

Why thank you and that be would fun to do...............Thanks Smudgit.

Thanks so much FreeinSC.... Hugs.

Lots going on with you, it is all going great it seems.<br />
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I don't mean to be off topic, congratulations by the way bu,t when you are all good to go, will there be walks in it for me? <br />
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huh what do you say? <br />
smiles at you and hopes for good results.

Hugs to you MissBebe. I Appreciate your kindness.

Hugs and kisses Pix your so sweet...

Hugs Destry........

I am very happy for you :)

Amazing success story; I don't know you, but am very happy for your transplant and hope all is going well.

CJ tears of *JOY* for u..just a real miracle ..u are in my thoughts and prayers..God Bless may the Angels always be by ur side! ~XoXoXo~ lov U !!!*ur recovery be steady and sure! will be sure to watch dear friend!!sending u a *BIG RAINBOW of my HUGS and endless LOV!! U are a *TIGER* i *ADMIRE!!<br />
May healing Sun shine in ur heart!*always!

Wow, Chris, you certainly win an award for unique experience. I hope that you have had lots of good support going through all of this. I wish you the best.

Congratulations, CJ.<br />
Best wishes to you. My thoughts are with you. <br />
Paco35:)

Oh KB, I am sooo happy for you! I have nothing but admiration and pride for you. You are an inspiration to others. I have nothing but prayers and optimism that all will be well. Keep being strong, keep that never ending faith you seem to always have, and I will watch next week too!!!! Heal quickly.....baseball season is here!

Hello again Chris, am following your progress. Thank you for sharing your story. You are an inspiration to us at EP. May God bless you with a speedy recovery on both hands.

Cool pic, Chris! I'm glad everything is going well and I look forward to seeing the segment next week. Keeping healing!!

I am happy to hear you sounding so well Chris. It is amazing and wonderful how nerves can grow like that. I wish you all the best during healing process. God Bless.

I'm pulling for you Chris, stay in there buddy.

I'm so pleased for you chris that things are going well. Every good wish for a speedy recovery. You are so brave - you are a wonderful example to us all.

I have tears in my eyes Chris. As usual you continue to amaze me at how positive you are. I have missed your spark here and I am so happy for you. I am still praying for you. XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

All the best to you, Chris! (((big hugs)))

That is so great! Congratulations and all the best for your rehab, Chris! :)

Im so glad it's going well! You're in my thoughts along the way x

I am so glad that everything is going well!! Attitude is directly related to healing and you are one of the most positive people I know so I'm sure you are going to speed through the recovery process!!! You are an inspiration to us all, that is for sure!!!!!!!! ;-)<br />
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This is a whole new chapter in your life and I don't know anyone who deserves it more than you do Chris!! (((((HUGS)))))

Thanks so much frito. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.......

Thank you my friend I appreciate your kindness............

Congrats Chris on all your hard work and strength that has gotten you where you are today! <br />
I'm happy for you and glad you're doing well. Hope you get out soon. It's really good to be able to *see* you here! My very best! :)

Very happy your doing good Chris!!...and I'm sure you'll be doing better every day!!.....you're a very courageous person to go through everything that you did....I have a lot of admiration for you!! Cheers to you my friend!!....and I'll be watching on the 15th...Bonne Journee Cheri!lol ; )

Again George metal will get a kick out of that...........

Thanks George G I appreciate your thoughtfulness.....

for clarity :-)<br />
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when i thought of metal dropping in to visit, i could see you in a Chevy Chase role. kinda scary :-)<br />
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keep on keeping on brother!

wow, it is amazing that the nerves grow, regenerating I suppose.<br />
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well am so glad all is going "routine" I mught suggest you only let metal in the room at a distance :-)<br />
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would hate for a brawl with a nurse to break out and something terrible happen:-)<br />
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Well Chris am truly glad to have you doing so well, Know it takes a lot of faith, strength and focus on your part. Just keep moving forward and I wish you and family all the best.