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The recipient of the nation’s second hand transplant returned Tuesday to Louisville’s Jewish Hospital to mark the tenth anniversary of the operation.

Jerry Fisher of Michigan had lost his left hand in a fireworks accident.

Fisher suffered a few setbacks following the 13-hour procedure, but says he’s doing well now.

“I’ve been asked, would I do it again, and I would. It was well worth it. And I can applaud just like everybody else now. I’m very thankful to be able to do that,” he said.

Fisher was joined at the celebration by Matt Scott, who was the first in the U.S. to receive a hand transplant, and Dr. Rich Edwards, who underwent a double hand transplant in August in Louisville.

(Pictured, from left: Matt Scott, Jerry Fisher and Dr. Rich Edwards)

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."