Man's hand mangled in firewood accident

Last updated 18:12 16/01/2014

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A Dannevirke man has been rushed to hospital for emergency surgery to save his hand after it became jammed by a falling branch while he chopped firewood.

The 69-year-old man was flown to Hutt Hospital for emergency surgery about 9.15 this morning after the accident on a rural property north of of Dannevirke.

A St John ambulance picked up the injured man and took him to Dannevirke's aerodrome where it was met by a rescue helicopter.

The man had told his rescuers he had been chopping firewood when the branch fell and his hand had become "jammed" between the fallen branch and the tree, rescue helicopter pilot Chris Moody said.

The seriously-injured man was then taken to Hutt Hospital, which has a plastic surgery unit, as he needed emergency treatment to save the hand, Mr Moody said.

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- The Dominion Post

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