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Grandad cuts hand off making play house

A grandfather who severed his hand at the wrist while making a Wendy house for his grandchildren has thanked medics after they saved his life, and his hand.

Stan Smith (60), from Willerby, East Yorkshire, got the sleeve of a loose-fitting jumper caught in a chop saw as he worked in his back garden on the gift for the grandchildren aged four and six.

The rotating blade cut his left hand clean off and he could have bled to death if he had fainted.

But he calmly walked into his home, and his wife Gail went out to pick up his hand.

reattached

After 12 hours of plastic surgery, the limb was successfully reattached and Mr Smith has regained 70pc of its use.

He is back at the DIY and is even building an extension, although he is yet to finish the Wendy house after last year's accident.

"When I had the accident, I didn't panic, even though I felt terrible about the fact that I'd lost my hand," he said.

"Seeing the blood gushing out of my wrist, I put pressure on the artery to stop the bleeding as far as I could.

"Strangely enough, I was incredibly calm throughout and managed to walk back to the house to ask my wife to call an ambulance.

"She also had to go back into the garden to look for my hand so that we could give it to the medical team."

hnews@herald.ie


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