Some potential workplace injuries people in Philadelphia can suffer cause permanent disability, possibly impacting their ability to work again. One of the most serious types of work injuries you can sustain is an amputation of a limb. Losing an arm or a leg is potentially fatal, and when the injured worker does survive, it may be impossible to reattach the limb.
However, in some cases surgeons are able to reattach. In a remarkable case from another state, a man whose left arm was cut off in a workplace accident has regained much of the use of the limb more less than two years later, thanks to the hard work of his surgeons and an experimental procedure that kept his arm from being deprived of blood.
The accident occurred in August 2011. The man was rushed to the hospital, but he was bleeding severely. He was transferred to another hospital where a plastic surgeon who performs hand transplants was on call. The surgeon decided to try a procedure where the severed limb was kept alive by transfusing blood from the man’s leg. The procedure worked, and after an 18-hour operation the arm was reattached to the worker’s body.
The surgeon admitted that he did not expect the man to regain much use of the arm. But the man has exceeded expectations. He has feeling in the arm and can move his fingers, allowing him to pick up small objects, put on his own shirt and hold hands with his wife.
Unfortunately, many people who lose a limb on the job are not able to regain as much function as the man in this story. For them, workers’ compensation could provide some relief from the loss of job function.
Source: KHOU-TV, “Navy vet’s arm reattached after workplace injury,” Janet St. James, Jan. 3, 2013