Gone But Not Forgotten
- Aug 18, 2002
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Just a thread for stories about people having stuff sticthed back on.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/02/29/1077989429942.htmlSurgeons reattach hand severed in brawl
February 29, 2004 - 6:34PM
A medical team of 12 doctors and nurses worked for eight hours to reattach a young man's hand after it was severed by a sword or a machete during a wild brawl involving up to 40 people.
The doctors from Melbourne's St Vincent's Hospital worked through the night on the 21-year-old's limb and were today confident he would regain the use of his left hand.
Micro-surgeon Tony Berger said the complex operation involved identifying and reattaching the bones, tendons, nerves and blood vessels in the hand and the wrist.
"The potential for restoring function is very great," he said.
"Nerve function is never perfect after such an injury, so he will have some problems with sensation but from a function point of view he should certainly get back to work and enjoy most of his normal activities."
The brawl developed near Albert Street in East Melbourne about 7pm (AEDT) yesterday.
The man's hand was rushed to hospital after it was found by police who combed the area.
Police believe the man's hand was severed by a sword or machete during the brawl.
Dr Berger the man had a very good chance of recovery, because he got to hospital quickly after the injury and the hand was severed in a clean cut, making it easier to reattach.
A team of up to 12 doctors and nurses worked in rotation in the marathon operation that involved three micro-surgeons, two specialist nurses, one anaesthetist, a back-up anaesthetist and several nurses.
"There is some concern over the next few days that the blood vessels may clot off and for that reason he is resting in hospital with anti-coagulant drugs," Dr Berger said.
"After 48 hours that risk is gone and then we need to let the wounds heal and make sure there is no infection."
He said the man would remain in hospital for another week and then would need to undergo extensive physiotherapy.
Assistant Commissioner Simon Overland, who heads the Victoria Police crime department, said between 20 to 40 men from two groups were involved in the brawl.
No motive for the clash had yet been established, he said.
Police who found the hand also found a sword in the gardens, although it was not yet clear whether it was the weapon used in the attack.
"We just need to keep this in perspective," he said.
"They were two groups of Asian men and there's always a tendency to want to conclude from something like this that we have some sort of unchecked problem with Asian gangs in Melbourne.
"The fact is we don't."
The crime department boss said a major investigation last year had given police a "good strategic assessment of the types of problems that we're likely to face with Asian gangs in Melbourne".
"It's given us a very good understanding of the way these gangs work, the composition of the gangs and more importantly the sorts of techniques that we can use against them," he said.
Police have already spoken to some witnesses from last night's attack and were appealing for more to come forward.
No arrests have been made.