LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) - Mauro Martinez Santiago was at work one day when he was attempting to remove a lodged piece of wood from a machine when he accidentally hit a lever, according to a report from Little Rock television station KATV.
The movement accidentally turned on a saw and severed his left hand across the palm.
"I really thought at the time that I wasn't going to be able to use my hand anymore," Santiago told KATV about the accident.
Jonesboro native Dr. John Bracey and another doctor, Dr. Mark Tate, were on the faculty at UAMS when they were asked to perform a 10-hour surgery.
"You have to go through and fix each structure, starting with the bones and building up from there, putting together the tendons and then the arteries to put blood supply into the fingers again, and then putting the veins together and lastly put the nerves together," Bracey said.
Santiago is now able to move his fingers, five months later.
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