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A double hand transplant

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By Karin McCay| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – After 18 hours of skilled surgical detail at the Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center, doctors in Louisville, Kentucky, say they've successfully performed a double hand transplant on a man who was badly burned. That's amazing enough, but the real high tech miracle in this is that the world was able to peek inside through 18 hours of tweets.

A hand transplant surgeon, Dr. Warren Breidenbach, says "it lets people know what's going on... it also holds us to accountability... if he lost his hand in the operating room we'd be twittering that to you." The two hands attached from the same donor surgery was a success, and it is the third time this has been done in this country. It was also the first to be tweeted to the last stitch. Some who followed asked questions, and most got answers from a number of surgeons looking on.  This history making team opens a window to the world by documenting surgery in real time...Tweet time.

More than 12 hundred people from around the world followed the double hand transplant on Twitter.

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