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Coquitlam man will be first Canadian to receive a double hand transplant (SPH)

A Coquitlam man says he needs to raise $60,000 to cover medical expenses when he returns to B.C. following a historic double-hand transplant in Ontario.

Rick Thompson said depending on the availability of a donor, the 14 to 24-hour operation could take place by the end of the summer. It will make him the first double hand transplant recipient in the country.

Through doctors at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver, he contacted a team at St. Joseph’s Health Care and University Hospital. In October, 2018, he went to meet them and was chosen as a double-hand candidate after medical and psychological testing.

Read the full story on the Vancouver Sun.

Similar story found on the following media outlets: CBC News, News 1130, Tri-City News, Castanet News, and The London Free Press.

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