"Our group here in Baltimore," Dr. Higgins told a crowded press conference Tuesday, "in collaborating with Dr. Lee's team and Dr. Jaimie Shores' team for the last 18 months, and working together through the technical aspects of this operation, through multiple rehearsals, have come up with what I would think, is the most advanced procedural aspects that bilateral hand transplantation has seen thus far.
"But I think, as much as we can work on all the technical details and the perfecting the medications that the patient will receive afterwards, and try honing down all those things to what we consider perfection, ultimately, the result is going to be determined by the patient, and also the support of his family.
"That's really the reason why most of us, as the surgical team, are so enthusiastic and so optimistic about Branden's prognosis because he's certainly determined."
Marrocco will continue to undergo extensive psychical therapy, including daily six-hour sessions of hand therapy for at least the next two years. The progress will be slow as Marrocco works towards reaching full capacity of function, but the outcome is expected to be positive."I feel great. I'm doing a lot better now," said Marrocco. "It gives me a lot of hope for the future." For more information about the Curtis National Hand Center, or a physician referral, call: 877-UMH-HAND (877-864-4263). About MedStar Health: As the largest healthcare provider in the Maryland- Washington, D.C., region, MedStar's ten hospitals, MedStar Health Research Institute and 20 other health-related organizations are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. MedStar Health combines the best aspects of academic medicine, research, innovation and treatments with a complete spectrum of clinical services to advance patient care. MedStar has one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country, training more than 1,100 medical residents annually and is the clinical partner of Georgetown University. As a $4 billion not-for-profit, regional healthcare system based in Columbia, Md., MedStar is one of the largest employers in the region. Our 27,000 associates, including more than 7,000 nurses and 5,600 affiliated physicians, support MedStar Health's patient-first philosophy that combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. Visit us at www.medstarhealth.org Contact Debra SchindlerPhone 410-554-2496Email firstname.lastname@example.org