Friday 6 December 2019

Golfer Greg Norman laughs off chainsaw accident that nearly cost him his hand

This photo provided by Greg Norman and posted on Instagram on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, shows Norman giving the thumbs up with his left hand protected by a purple foam after a chainsaw accident
This photo provided by Greg Norman and posted on Instagram on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, shows Norman giving the thumbs up with his left hand protected by a purple foam after a chainsaw accident

Rachael Alexander

Greg Norman is recovering from a chain saw accident that nearly cost him his left hand, but not his sense of humour.

"At least I can still play tennis," he said yesterday.

He posted this picture of himself on line. He was cutting back trees in his South Florida home when the weight of a branch pulled his left hand toward the chain saw. He said the blade hit him just below where a person would be wearing a wrist watch. He said doctors told him it missed his artery by a fraction of an inch.

"Thank God the blade wasn't running full speed or it would have taken my hand off," he said. "I handled everything as calmly as I could. There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am."

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