Pittsburgh Hospital Performs 2nd Double Hand Transplant

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center says it's performed the nation's second double hand transplant and first forearm replacement and that the 41-year-old Harrisburg man is recovering.

UPMC says a team performed the 12-hour surgery on Chris Pollock a week ago. Pollock lost his hands and right forearm in a farming accident about 18 months ago.

Dr. W.P. Andrew Lee says Pollock is recovering well.

The hospital performed a single hand transplant in March and the double-hand transplant in May. Lee says those recipients have regained significant function and feeling.

UPMC's transplant program aims to reduce the amount of toxic anti-rejection medications that patients need. Lee says the goal is to make transplants an alternative to prosthetics.