PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A former Marine who received a hand transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center last month says he can move his fingers.
Twenty-four-year-old Joshua Maloney isn't expected to gain full sensation in his right hand for several months. He had been injured in January 2007 during a training exercise at the Marine base in Quantico, Va.
The surgery is the first of its kind at the Pittsburgh hospital network, and only the sixth in U.S. history. The other five have occurred at Jewish Hospital Heart and Lung Center of Louisville, Ky.
Maloney and his doctor talked to reporters Thursday about the operation and his recovery.