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Man Chops Off Hand With Chainsaw And Carries It To Hospital To Be Reattached

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Man Chops Off Hand With Chainsaw And Carries It To Hospital To Be Reattached

A man who accidentally chopped off his hand with a chainsaw was able to have it reattached... after he put it in a bag and took it to hospital with him.

Imagine turning up at the hospital with a bag, with people most likely assuming that it contained your pyjamas, only to pull out your left hand.

The carpenter, Ahmet Esen, with the doctor who performed the surgery. Credit: Newsflash
The carpenter, Ahmet Esen, with the doctor who performed the surgery. Credit: Newsflash

The incident took place in the district of Finike, in the southern Turkish city of Antalya.


Ahmet Esen, a 59-year-old carpenter, said that he had been cutting back trees around his woodshed when he slipped off a rock. If slipping and falling wasn't bad enough, what came afterwards was much worse.

Esen said: "I fell off the stone with the chainsaw running and my left hand was cut off at the wrist. I put my hand in a bag and went to the road with it in my other hand. A motorist driving by saw me and took me to Finike State Hospital."

After initial treatment there, Esen was flown to a hospital in Antalya by an ambulance helicopter along with his severed hand.

Miraculously, Dr Bulent Ozgur Yazici and his team managed to sew Esen's hand back on in a 10-hour surgery, and they predict he will still be able to continue living a normal life afterwards.

Credit: Newsflash
Credit: Newsflash

Dr Yazici said: "We took some veins and nerves from his leg and repaired the vein and nerve injuries and bone structures after about 10 hours of surgery." Nice.

Esen explained that his hand was hanging on by a thin piece of skin, adding: "Once that broke off, I immediately thought that I had lost my hand.

"I thank God. I thank the doctor and the experienced hospital staff. Now I can feel my hand and I've started to move my fingers again."


Dr Yazici added that after such severe injuries, a long rehabilitation process is needed for a patient to fully recover and Esen will remain under supervision for about a year.

In 2019, carpenter Anthony Lelliott had a similar experience when he cut his hand in two places using an electric saw.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

After getting his hand back into working order, British surgeons ended up taking skin from his groin to effectively cover what would be the palm of his hand.


Incredibly, this created the perfect environment for Anthony's hand to regrow the skin.

Consultant plastic surgeon Roger Adlard said: "There are many surgeons who, once they'd seen that level of injury, would think it was unsalvageable.

"Eventually the skin from his groin grew new roots to where it had been transferred to his hand and we were able to cut his hand free."

Featured Image Credit: Newsflash

Topics: News, Turkey, Surgery, Community

Rebecca Shepherd
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