Sharing the gift
Hand transplant recipient Ronnie Thurman shared his progress this week with some of those who made his new hand possible, including Tarrant County news viewers. Thurman and the parents of his hand donor, Rob and Janis Heidemann of Keller, shared their stories with area journalists during National Donate Life Month events at JPS on Tuesday. Thurman’s hand transplant has allowed him to work independently again on his family farm in Indiana and, as of last summer, resume his favorite hobby — golf. His visit to Fort Worth included a round of golf at the Colonial Golf Club with Rob Heidemann, JPS trauma surgeon Dr. Mark Tellez, and Danny Jensen of the University of North Texas Health Science Center.