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 News Release - May 1, 2007

KCI Files Appeal in Patent Litigation

SAN ANTONIO--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (NYSE:KCI ), a global medical technology company with leadership positions in advanced wound care and therapeutic surfaces, today announced that it has filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in its patent infringement litigation against BlueSky Medical Group, Inc., Medela AG, and related parties. The patents at issue are licensed by KCI from Wake Forest University and relate to KCI's V.A.C.® technology, which is used for the treatment of patients with serious, complex wounds. The trial court found the patents to be valid and enforceable, but not infringed. The appeal will be heard by the U.S. Federal Circuit Court in Washington D.C., though no schedule for the appeal process has been established.

About KCI

Kinetic Concepts, Inc. is a global medical technology company with leadership positions in advanced wound care and therapeutic surfaces. We design, manufacture, market and service a wide range of proprietary products that can improve clinical outcomes while helping to reduce the overall cost of patient care. Our advanced wound care systems incorporate our proprietary V.A.C. brand technology, which has been clinically demonstrated to help promote wound healing and can help reduce the cost of treating patients with serious wounds. Our therapeutic surfaces, including specialty hospital beds, mattress replacement systems and overlays, are designed to address pulmonary complications associated with immobility and to prevent skin breakdown. We have an infrastructure designed to meet the specific needs of medical professionals and patients across all health care settings including acute care hospitals, extended care facilities and patients' homes both in the United States and abroad.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. All information set forth in this release is as of May 1, 2007, and we undertake no duty to update this information. More information about our litigation is described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 on file with the SEC and available at the SEC's website at

Source: Kinetic Concepts

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