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Sunday, April 24, 2011

God Can't Heal Amputees, But Science Can

LA Times - April 19, 2011 by Karen Kaplan

Meet Emily Fennell, the 26-year-old California woman who became the first person in the western United States to receive a hand transplant.

Fennell’s surgery and rehabilitation at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center were detailed in the Los Angeles Times Tuesday by health writer Shari Roan. Now UCLA has posted a video featuring the single mother from Yuba City and her unusual medical journey.

As Roan describes, Emily lost her right hand nearly five years ago in a automobile accident: “Fennell was a passenger in the front seat of a car that was clipped by another vehicle and rolled over. The sunroof was open. Fennell's hand went through the space and was caught between the car and the road. The mangled hand had to be amputated.”

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