Sunday, 3 April 2016

Doctors Save Man's Hand from Amputation By Putting it INSIDE His Stomach

SURGEONS have saved a man's hand from being amputated by putting it inside a "pocket" in his own belly.

Carlos Mariotti, a machine worker, suffered a horrific accident that ripped off all the skin on his hand.
He lost two fingers when his hand was dragged into heavy duty equipment, leaving him suffering an "indescribable pain" as the machine mutilated his limb.
But pioneering doctors decided to bury his left hand inside his abdomen and covered it with a flap of protective skin.

The 42-year-old must now keep his damaged hand tucked deep inside the soft tissue pouch for at least six weeks.
The rare operation was carried out by Boris Brandao in Orleans, southern Brazil.
He said: "Mr Marriotti suffered a de-gloving injury which left him with very little skin on the palm and back of his hand, exposing the bones and tendons inside.
"This was a very large and delicate injury and the only place we could fit the whole hand was in the abdomen.
"Without this procedure there would be a high risk of infection and the tissue and tendons would rot away."

Carlos, who is still recovering in hospital, feels like "a very lucky man".
He said: "I still get very emotional when I think about the accident.
"But it was only when doctors told me I could lose my hand that I realised the gravity of the situation.

"When I woke up from the operation I didn't know whether it was still there.
"I couldn't believe it when they said they had tucked my hand inside me."

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