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MGH surgeons reattach teen's severed arm

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Doctors at Mass. General Hospital were optimistic that a teenager who lost his arm in a freak accident could regain use of it after a reattachment surgery.

Brett Bouchard said he was working on an industrial pasta machine when he severed his arm.

The 17-year-old applied a tourniquet and retrieved his arm then was flown 350 miles to Boston.

“Plates and screws for the bones. Then we had to take lots of cable grafts from his legs for the vessels,” Dr. Curtis Cetrulo, one of the surgeons, said.

Brett’s mother said she was thankful her son was transported to Boston.

“Couldn't ask for better care. We've blessings every single day,” Rebecca Martin said.

Reattaching the arm was not an automatic decision. Doctors said they needed to weigh the risks of life over limb. Brett’s age was a big factor in the decision. Doctors were thankful there weren’t major complications.

“They are taking great care of me. Can't say enough about how great this place is,” Brett said.

He still can’t move his fingers but Brett and the doctors remain hopeful.
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