Reattached-fingers record broken

Kyodo

Yamagata University Hospital has reattached a record seven of a man’s eight severed fingers, university officials said Tuesday.

The previous record for the number of reattached fingers was five. The success rate of such surgery declines with time, and often only two or three fingers are salvageable, medical experts say.

The 27-year-old patient from Miyagi Prefecture lost all of his fingers when he caught his hands in a press in February.

The surgery began about five hours after the accident. Eleven doctors formed four teams, each charged with taking care of two fingers, the officials said.

They said the surgery took about 15 hours to complete. Its success is attributable to the hospital having had a lot of available staff at the early stages of the operation, they said.

The patient is able to move his fingers and is undergoing rehabilitation, they said.