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Surgeons save man’s hand by attaching it after 17 hours surgery

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Carpenter Anthony Lelliott was cutting floorboards with an electric saw when he almost completely cut off his hand in two places.

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Anthony Lelliott

The X-Ray showing the extent of Anthony Elliott's injury. Anthony Lelliott underwent 17 hours of surgery following the incident, which happened when he was chopping floorboards with a chop saw. The 46-year-old suffered a double-level amputation and almost completely cut off his hand in two places.
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Harvesting of veins and nerves

For the reconstruction but doctors at St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London, were able to help him regain the use of his hand through unusual means. They attached it to his groin for two weeks to help the skin grow back.
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Amazing recovery

"There are many surgeons who, once they'd seen that level of injury, would think it was unsalvageable," Mr Adlard said. Mr Lelliott's hand was almost completely severed at the base of his palm and just below his fingers. The carpenter, from Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, said he lost a lot of blood at the scene and remembers little of the incident itself. He said: "I don't know whether it was my brain playing tricks on me, but it was like an out of body experience; I could see myself what I'd done. "There was blood spurting out everywhere." Seen by Physiotherapist, Anthony Elliott's is now able to move and use his hand.
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