Brave man has severed hand reattached after chopping it off with chainsaw

A man who accidentally chopped off his hand with a chainsaw had it reattached after putting it in a bag and took it to hospital.

Carpenter Ahmet Esen, 59, demonstrated a remarkably high pain threshold before being reunited with his hand.

The accident happened when he was cutting back trees around his woodshed and slipped off a rock.

His hand was left hanging by a thin piece of skin.

Mr 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.

"Once that (the thin piece of skin) broke off, I immediately thought 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."

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

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

The doctor 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."

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

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