12:56pm Monday 16 December 2019

Local Man Gives Thanks for Bilateral Arm Transplant and the Gift of Two Arms

At a pre-Thanksgiving news conference scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 25, Lautzenheiser will speak with media to share his story and discuss what life is like with new arms. Surgeons from the Division of Plastic Surgery at BWH will discuss the details of the recent surgery and Will’s recovery.

Richard Luskin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New England Organ Bank (NEOB), will also speak.

Lautzenheiser was approved by the Institutional Review Board at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) for a bilateral arm transplant earlier this year. 

Lautzenheiser is a former professor of film production and screenwriting at Boston University and Montana State University and current “stand-up” comic.

Photos and video of Will and of the surgery will be available at www.brighamandwomens.org/WillLautzenheiser at 9:30 a.m. EDT to coincide with the start of the press conference.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is a 793-bed nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare. BWH has more than 3.5 million annual patient visits, is the largest birthing center in Massachusetts and employs nearly 15,000 people. The Brigham’s medical preeminence dates back to 1832, and today that rich history in clinical care is coupled with its national leadership in patient care, quality improvement and patient safety initiatives, and its dedication to research, innovation, community engagement and educating and training the next generation of health care professionals. Through investigation and discovery conducted at its Brigham Research Institute (BRI), BWH is an international leader in basic, clinical and translational research on human diseases, more than 1,000 physician-investigators and renowned biomedical scientists and faculty supported by nearly $650 million in funding. For the last 25 years, BWH ranked second in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) among independent hospitals. BWH continually pushes the boundaries of medicine, including building on its legacy in transplantation by performing a partial face transplant in 2009 and the nation’s first full face transplant in 2011. BWH is also home to major landmark epidemiologic population studies, including the Nurses’ and Physicians’ Health Studies and the Women’s Health Initiative.  For more information, resources and to follow us on social media, please visit BWH’s online newsroom.



Elaine St. Peter (cell: 201-694-1768) to RSVP and for parking.
Press conference will be held in the BWH Shapiro Breakout Conference Room, 70 Francis Street.

Press conference Tuesday, November 25 at 9:30 a.m. to meet the transplant recipient and his surgeons at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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