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Duke's first hand transplant is performed on May 27, 2016. Here the donor arm is brought into the hospital. Led by surgeon Dr. Linda Cendales, two teams worked to attach a donor hand and forearm onto the left arm of Rene Chavez, 54. Chavez, who lives in Laredo, Texas, lost his hand in an accident when he was four-years-old. Shawn Rocco/Duke Health