DIY accident man hails Hull hospital

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Published: Thursday 18th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Staff at Hull Royal Infirmary have been praised after they saved the life of a man who suffered a horrific DIY accident.

Stan Smith, from Willerby, East Yorkshire, was working on a Wendy house for his grandchildren when he got the sleeve of a jumper trapped in a chop saw.

The rotating blade severed his left hand but the 60-year-old then showed remarkable bravery and calm, walking into his home to raise the alarm with his wife Gail.

She then picked up the severed limb from the back garden, and Mr Smith was rushed by ambulance to hospital for surgery.

If he had fainted in his garden, there is a chance he could have died as a result of the bleeding.

A surgeon worked for 12 hours to reattach the hand and Mr Smith now has 70% of its use back, allowing him to return to his hobby of DIY. He is now working on an extension but has not completed the Wendy house for his grandchildren yet.

He said that he was “incredibly grateful” to the ambulance workers, his surgeon and other professionals at Hull Royal Infirmary.”

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Published: Thursday 18th December 2014 by The News Editor

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