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Swansea surgeons reattach 21-year-old Jarred Evans' hand

By RichardYoule  |  Posted: March 21, 2013

The A&E department at Morriston Hospital

The A&E department at Morriston Hospital

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A GRATEFUL 21-year-old will be able to pick up his children again after Swansea surgeons reattached his severed hand.

Jarred Evans has praised the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Morriston Hospital after he caught his hand in a machine at work, leaving only his thumb still in place.

The operation took 13 hours - but just two weeks later Mr Evans has regained movement and feeling.

Consultant plastic surgeon Richard Karoo said his injuries were extremely rare.

“Jarred lost his hand mid palm, significantly damaging multiple veins and arteries to all his fingers,” he said. “This meant that once the hand was reattached with metal pins through the bones, blood wouldn’t be able to flow back and forth to keep it alive.

“To repair this we used vein grafts from his legs and arms to replace the ones he had lost. Using a microscope and sutures as fine as hair we were able to successfully reconnect a blood supply to all fingers and palm.

“Reconstruction of the nerves and rejoining of the divided tendons was also undertaken at the same time to help get the feeling and movement back.”

Dad Mr Evans, of Tonypandy, said: “As I waited in the anaesthetic room for the operation to start, I was really frightened. I just didn’t know if my hand could be saved. When I woke up, I was amazed that it had been reattached.

“Having my hand back means everything to me. I can’t thank the doctors and nurses enough. I have two small children, so I’ll still be able be able to pick them up and do activities with them.”

Mr Karoo added: “An injury like this is devastating for a patient and we never know when starting such a case if the reattachment of the limb will survive. However, I feel the positive impact of a successful operation like this, especially for someone as young as Jarred, is truly immeasurable.”

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