Hand transplant donor's brother says he'd be proud

May 13, 2009 3:38:28 PM PDT
Jeff Keen wanted to help people, perhaps by becoming a nurse or a counselor. He died at 23 and never realized those career ambitions. But, in death, he's helping people through organ donation. Last week, Keen's hands were transplanted onto a Georgia man at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. It was the country's first double hand transplant.

The DuBois man's liver, kidneys, heart and a lung went to five other people. Dozens more could benefit from his donation of tissue and corneas.

Keen's brother, Daniel Rossi-Keen, of DeLand, Fla., says his brother would be surprised and proud about making his way into medical history.

He tells The Associated Press that his brother was "a pretty typical 20-something guy" who loved the outdoors and fishing.

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