Fingers lost in power saw incident

Last updated 13:00 13/12/2013

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A man who severed his fingers while working with a circular saw in Pohara was flown to Hutt Hospital for treatment.

The 32-year-old was airlifted from Pohara around midday yesterday by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter. He had been working at his property.

Rescue helicopter crewman Ernie Bryant said the man's badly damaged hand was patched up when the helicopter arrived.

Crewmen did not see the extent of the injuries but it was their understanding that he was completing a project with a circular saw when the accident happened.

He was attended to by medical staff from Takaka before being treated by the intensive care paramedic on board.

The man was flown to Hutt Hospital, which has a specialist plastics and reconstructive surgery unit.

A condition update was not available this morning, and it was not known whether surgeons were able to reattach his fingers.

The window of opportunity to successfully reattach fingers is usually six to 12 hours, with success depending on how much damage has been done to the muscles.

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