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Updated: 04/25/2014 10:38:46PM

Rare hand transplant a blessing

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THURMAN

SUN PHOTO BY JOHN HACKWORTH
The difference in skin tones is evident where doctors had to fracture Thurman's arm and reattach a hand.

SUN PHOTO BY JOHN HACKWORTH

Ron Thurman cleans the pool at this Rotonda home, making use of his transplanted right hand.

SUN PHOTO BY JOHN HACKWORTH
Ron Thurman is just starting to play golf again. He is trying to lower his score with his transplanted hand.

By JOHN HACKWORTH

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ROTONDA WEST — Ron Thurman was never able to meet Ian Heidemann, but the first time he encountered the 22-year-old Texan’s mother, she grasped Thurman’s right hand and rubbed it.

It was like bringing her son back to life.

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