Boy with severed hand undergoes surgery in Boston
Rockland — The 5-year-old Rockland boy who lost his hand in a vehicle accident June 26 is improving after surgery, a close friend of his family said Thursday.
The boy was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after his hand was severed in an accident involving a jump rope and a moving vehicle at the intersection of Main and Park streets in Rockland, according to Rockland Deputy Police Chief Wallace Tower.
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The boy's hand landed on the ground outside the vehicle. "The hand was in pristine condition, and thank God no one ran over it," said a family friend close by.
The boy was first taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport before being transported to Boston. Because of the weather, flying to Boston by LifeFlight would have been dangerous, and instead the boy went by ambulance, a source said.
On June 27, the boy went into surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital to have the hand re-attached, and the operation was successful, said a family member, who described the hand as "alive" because the boy has feeling in it. A second operation will be performed on Saturday to close the hand, but surgeons have to wait for the swelling to go down before operating again.
The boy's grandmother has identified the woman who applied the tourniquet that saved the boy's life as Debbie Gros. Deputy Chief Tower said he has been trying to locate her through records but cannot find any reference.
Meanwhile, the family expressed gratitude for all the help that has been given, and wishes that Gros would come forward to be recognized.
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