A man who lost his hand running from a charging bull has had it sewn back on in a gruelling 12-hour operation.
The 22-year-old man, named as Rauf, was working at a saw mill in Manipuram in southern India on October 5 when a bull broke free from a nearby farm.
It ran through the streets and charged Rauf from behind, who spotted it and tried to flee but tripped and fell on one of the saws.
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It took doctors 12 hours spread across two surgeries to reattach his limb (Picture: India Photo Agency / SWNS)
His colleagues immediately put pressure on his wound and put his severed hand in a bag of ice and he and his hand were rushed to hospital.
A plastic surgery team lead by Dr Krishnakumar successfully replaced the severed palm in a 12-hour long surgery which was so extensive it had to be performed in two stages.
The first surgery, which took more than seven hours, reattached his blood vessels and bones and 3 days later another five-hour-long second stage surgery, the doctors were able to reconstruct his nerves and muscles.
Rauf left hospital after four days and his hand has regained 90% of its functionality (Picture: India Photo Agency / SWNS)
Rauf, pictured front and centre with his amazing surgical team, is expected to regain full use of his hand (Picture: India Photo Agency / SWNS)
Rauf left hospital after four days and his hand has regained 90% of its functionality.
It is believed with physiotherapy in the next two to three months, he will be able to regain full functionality of his hand.
Dr Krishnakumar, who led the surgery, said: ‘In this case, it was the presence of mind displayed by Rauf’s colleagues who brought the sliced off palm in a bag of ice that was crucial to the patient’s recovery.’