A 4-year-old boy that had his hand sliced off by a lawnmower went through a 6-hour operation to get it reattached.
4-year-old Shaurya Undre amputated his left hand in an accident, but x-ray scans showed most of his wrist bone was fine.
A hospital near his house in Manjri, India, managed to reattach his hand back because of his young age.
The surgeons at the hospital stitched every nerve and blood vessel back into place under a microscope.
The entire operation took over 6 hours.
Images of the 4-year-old were shared with the public after the procedure.
In the images, Shaurya could be seen smiling.
It is reported that the 4-year-old managed to wiggle his fingers after the procedure.
Shaurya amputated his left hand on January 31 when he was playing with his father’s grass cutting machine.
The 4-year-old was rushed to the Noble Hospital, where Dr. Abhishek Ghosh, a micro-vascular surgeon specialist, treated him.
Dr. Ghosh said, “Seeing the young age of the child it was decided to attempt to salvage the hand.”
The doctor added, “The patient was taken up for surgery immediately and given anesthesia.”
It is said that a part of the 4-year-old boy’s bone was still attached to his body when the incident happened.
According to the doctor, the skin of the hand and its muscle was cut off in the horrible accident.
Experts took a close look at his amputated hand closely and found they could reattach some of the blood vessels.
The doctors used the skin and vein grafts from his leg to patch the amputated hand and his wrist back together.
Dr. Ghosh said, “His left hand was completely avulsed with part of the bones attached to the body while the hand skin and muscle got detached.”
He added, “It was very difficult to rejoin the hand because all the muscle, blood vessels and soft tissue of the palm were torn off and there was no blood vessel which could be connected. The amputated hand was closely observed under the microscope and a small blood vessel inside the muscle was noticed.”
He continued, “This tiny blood vessel was then joined to the main artery of the forearm with the help of a long vein graft taken from the leg.”
Once the circulation to the amputated hand started again, the surgeons joined the rest of the blood vessels using microsurgery.
The delicate work took around 6 hours.
Shaurya stayed in the Noble Hospital for a week to recover from the surgery.
The doctors said he will be given physiotherapy to help him learn how to use his hand again.