Monday, December 16, 2013

Man's severed hand saved by attaching it to his foot

Man has severed hand reattached after it is kept alive on his foot for a month

Doctors battling to save a severed wrist came up with a handy idea – they attached it to the patient’s foot.

Xiao Wei lost his right hand in an accident at work.

His colleagues recovered the severed limb and he was rushed to his local hospital in Changde Xiao, China.

Doctors told him there was nothing they could do, but the larger regional hospital may be able to help.

So, it was a race against time to get Xiao to another facility in Changsha where they could attach the hand.

In order to stop the severed hand from dying they attached it to Xiao's ankle, so it could have a proper blood supply.

One medic at the facility in south central China, said: “His injury was severe. Besides ripping injuries, his arm was also flattened.

“We had to clear and treat his injuries before taking on the hand reattachment surgery".
Nearly a month after his hand was severed, Xiao had recovered enough to undergo re-attachment surgery.

According to doctors he will need to undergo several other surgeries but they are hopeful that he will regain full function of his hand.

Xiao said: "I am still young, and I couldn't imagine life without a right hand."

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