A worker operating a machine in a family workshop in China accidentally cut off his hand — which doctors were able to save by grafting it onto his lower calf.
The worker, Xie Wei, said he was initially unsure if his right hand could be saved, but he thought it was worth a try. The hand went without a blood supply for many hours while Xie searched for a hospital that could perform such a surgery.
Xie said that he went to local hospitals near the factory first, but he said they told him they “did not have the skills to help.” Eventually he found a hospital about two hours away where doctors believed they could do it.
Xie kept his hand in a plastic bag at first, then stored it in a cooler of ice. In total, it took about seven hours to get to a doctor who could help.