Pundit Planet Math: Industrial Accident + Chinese Surgeons = Photo of the Day

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Zhou had his left hand chopped off during a work accident involving a spinning blade machine and was rushed to hospital

CAROLINE MORTIMER reports: Chinese surgeons have saved a hand severed in an industrial accident by grafting it on to the man’s ankle for a month before reattaching it to his arm. The surgery was carried on a factory worker known as Zhou at Xiangya Hospital in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province in central China.

Zhou had his left hand chopped off during a work accident involving a spinning blade machine and was rushed to hospital where Dr Tang Juyu, head of microsurgery at the hospital, decide to operate to give him the chance to “revive” his lost hand.

The surgical team were unable to reattach the hand to Zhou’s arm straight away as the severed nerves and tendons needed time to heal.

So his hand was sewn onto his leg in order to keep it “alive” until the arm was ready.

Dr Juyu told the Telegraph: “Under normal temperatures, a severed finger needs to resume blood supply within 10 hours, but that time is even shorter for a separated limb…(read more)

The Independent


3 Comments on “Pundit Planet Math: Industrial Accident + Chinese Surgeons = Photo of the Day”

  1. Mike says:

    Considering I where shorts all the time anyway, this could be very useful. Do you think they would let me pick out the hands I want?

    • Mike says:

      Wear… let’s try “wear”. Sometimes, between my inability to spell, my tapping fsater than I can think and vice versa, combined with my oft poor choice of words, one might think English not actually my second language.
      Back to my original reply though… it would be super cool of the Chinese let me just walk down a busy street and pick out the specific ones I want.


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