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October 30, 2013
I have lived "with Dr. Kleinert" since 1965. I put my hand through a window at a gym and severely cut my right wrist and the tendon going to my hand. I was rushed to St. Joseph Infirmary where the doctors on call said I would be sewn up but lose the use of my right hand. I was stunned. Then one of the doctors mentioned that Harold Kleinert might have a look at it. He came to the hospital late that night (9:00 or 10:00 PM) and operated with a new tool to pull my tendon back to the wrist for re-attaching and then casting to let it heal properly. I was awake during the surgery and remember Dr. Kleinert recounting to the nurses how upset he was because his daughter's hampster or pet mouse was dieing and she begged him to help since he was a doctor - but he was helpless. Even as a 16 year old I thought, "What a humble man!"
I have full use of my hand today thanks to this caring man. I have had a number of doctors ask about my scare over the years and when I mentioned Dr. Kleinert their reactions were always the same - "You mean thee Harold Kleinert?" I was always so proud to let them know I was a patient of the good doctor.
Thousands will miss this man.
Thousands will benefit from this man's care and expertise. God speed.
October 22, 2013
I was so sorry to hear of Dr. Kleinert's passing. He was a huge part of my childhood. We met the day I was born. . .being born with hand deformities, we saw each other countless times throughout the 70s. The waiting room was always jam packed with people from all over the world--such a testament to his talent. Dr. Kleinert would stroll into the exam room with a bunch of hand fellows who would pack into the room and circle around me to learn from him. Now, when I see other doctors and they find out I was Dr. Kleinert's patient, they all want to see his handiwork. Thank you, Dr. Kleinert, for sharing your gift with the world. My life would not be what it is today without you. I dare say there are many with the same sentiment. My deepest condolences to the Kleinert family-
October 17, 2013
I was a photographer for Kleinert, Kutz and Associates from 1991-1995. I can still hear Dr. Kleinert's voice in my head after all these years telling jokes, making comments during lectures, and quizzing the Hand Fellows during surgeries. He encouraged the Fellows to be innovators and think outside the box in their treatment plans. I also remember Dr. Kleinert had a heart for arthritis sufferers with severly displaced fingers. It was amazing to observe his joint replacement surgeries for these patients, and see the huge difference he made in the "before" and "after" photos. And then there was the famous Flexor Tendon Repair in "No Man's Land". It was great to watch him perform the surgery he was famous for at that time. I have many more fond memories of Dr. Kleinert. It was an honor to be in his presence, and I will never forget him. Rest in Peace, HEK.
October 08, 2013
Dr.Kleinert, I wish I could see the look on you face when I took a warm blanket out and covered you up when you took a quick snooze on the O.R. bed in the hall in between cases. I loved you in such a respectful way for the person that you were with your staff and patients. You blessed every person you touched or came in contact with. Very few can say that. I bet you are looking down on all of us and smiling at all the fuss. Prayers are with your Family, Friends, and Dr.s Kutz, Schecker, Wolff, Gupta, Tsai, Breidenbock, and the thousands who respected and loved you. Sleep with Angels my friend,
October 08, 2013
As a young man in 1959 or 1960, my entire left hand was smashed in a printing machine, the company doctor wanted to remove my whole hand and Dr. Kleinert was called in on the case, (at that time he was the only hand doctor in Louisville, in practice by himself). Dr Kleinert said there was no way that he would remove my hand and after many, many surgeries he "saved" my left hand. I cannot begin to tell every one how wonderful this man was!! I will never, ever forget Dr. Kleinert!!! May he rest in peace! And my prayers and sincere condolences to all of his family!!
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