Thought of grandparents helps man survive severed hand

A 19-year-old worker who experienced excruciating pain when his hand was ripped from his arm is now recovering because he managed to retrieve his severed arm thinking only that he “couldn’t die,” a local newspaper reported.

The Apple Daily reported that Yen Meng-ping (顏孟平), a worker at a steel refinery plant, was cleaning train tracks at the plant on May 6 when an unmanned train rammed into him from behind, ripping off his left hand in a second.

Yen bled profusely, but he said the thought that ran through his mind at that moment was that “I can’t die,” if just for his grandparents.

Yen knew how much his grandparents meant to him and he to them. His parents divorced when he was young, and he was raised on the meager income of his grandmother scavenging and repairing fishing nets and the retirement benefits of his grandfather, a military veteran.

Yen, who had worked part-time since his first year in high school, began working full-time in June 2015 and would turn over his monthly salary of NT$22,000 to his grandfather on payday, leaving a little for himself.

Despite the extreme pain, the thought of his grandparents drove him to crawl three meters to retrieve the severed hand and call for help from his co-workers.

Yen was rushed to Kaohsiung Municipal Siaogang Hospital together with the severed hand.

He had to undergo four major surgeries between May 6 and June 2 and received 12,000 cc of blood transfusions before he was out of danger.

The doctors said Yen miraculously beat the 1 percent survival rate for his type of injury to escape death.

He was attended to by Fu Yin-chih (傅尹志), the vice superintendent of the hospital, who made his name by reattaching the severed left arm of Shoushan Zoo worker Chang Po-yu (張博宇), after it was bitten off by a crocodile at the Kaohsiung zoo’s pond.

Fu said Yen’s condition was much worse than Chang’s, however, because he also had a ruptured liver and lung, liver and renal failure.

Yen nonetheless made it and checked out the hospital on July 11 to begin a long and equally painful rehabilitation process.

Last week, doctors checking on his latest condition found that his left fingers could move a little bit and that he could stand for a short time too.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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