Surgeons reattach the hands of a man who was attacked with a sword

Surgeons reattach sword-fight victim’s hands in a 10-hour operation after he had them hacked off in a street fight

  • GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: A man was attacked with a sword in the street
  • His hands were cut ’98 per cent off’, his surgeon said, but reattached by medics
  • They spent 10 hours putting his bones, muscles and blood vessels back together 

A man is expected to regain the use of his hands after surgeons reattached them when they were almost hacked off in a street fight. 

Suresh Sen was attacked by a pair of criminals brandishing a sword, he says, and arrived at hospital with his hands hanging on by a thread.

Surgeons rushed him into the operating theatre and took 10 hours to rebuild his muscles, nerves, tendons and bones on July 15.

Mr Sen spent 12 hours in intensive care and a further 12 days in hospital until he was discharged last week to embark on the long road to recovery.

Suresh Sen, pictured with his surgeon Dr Sushil Nahar, needed immediate medical help after he had his hands almost completely hacked off by two men with a sword in an argument

Surgeons led by Dr Sushil Nahar, at Goyal Hospital and Research Centre in Jodhpur, Rajasthan – about 370miles (600km) south-west of New Delhi – led the operation.

Dr Nahar said: ‘Mr Sen was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition. Both his arms were almost 98 per cent cut from his hands. 

‘We had to perform the bilateral hand reimplantation surgery in two teams as there was already a lot of blood lost from his body, which could have proved fatal.’

Mr Sen had reportedly been in an argument which spiralled out of control and ended in him being attacked with a sword.

The horrific injuries required two teams of surgeons – one working on each hand – operating at the same time to salvage his limbs.

This managed to cut the length of the operation and potentially improve Mr Sen’s chances of recovery.

He is expected to take at least another nine months to a year to recover the ability to use his hands normally.

And doctors advised him to avoid touching anything particularly hot or cold during that time.

Dr Nahar said Mr Sen’s injuries were so severe he was close to bleeding to death. Two teams of surgeons worked on him, repairing a hand each at the same time, to salvage his limbs

During a 10-hour marathon operation medics were able to repair Mr Sen’s bones, muscles, blood vessels, tendons and nerves, and hope he will regain the use of his hands within the next nine months to a year

In the operation the surgical crew, which included consultants Dr Narendra Yadav, Dr Shobha Parekh, Dr Kamal and orthopaedic experts and anaesthesiologists, had to reattach every part of Mr Sen’s hands, which were attached only by skin.

This involved fusing the bones back together, delicately reattaching nerves, tendons and muscles to his wrists, and stitching the skin to close the wounds. 

Dr Nahar added: ‘We saved around six hours of surgery as the two teams of surgeons simultaneously operated on his two hands. 

‘We fixed the bones, tendons and joined arteries and veins to restore blood supply to the hand.’ 

Though there are instances of bilateral hand reimplantation reported from many states in India, this is the first such operation reported from the state of Rajasthan, which has a population of almost 70million people.


A factory worker has relearned how to walk after his feet were severed in an accident and sewn back on.

The unnamed man’s legs became trapped in a ribbon blender, which is commonly used to mix dry solids, in December 2016 while he was working a night shift in his native Bangkok.  

Paramedics scooped up the patient’s torn off feet and rushed him to hospital.

At just after midnight, doctors called a top reconstructive surgeon, who got out of bed and reportedly raced to the emergency ward.

The medic worked through the night, re-attaching the unidentified patient’s bones, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves, before inserting steel rods to hold the severed limbs in place. 

An unnamed man has relearned how to walk after his feet were severed in an accident and sewn back on. The factory worker’s limbs became trapped in a machine during a night shift

The man’s feet were completely severed, as were the toes on his right foot

Nearly three years on, the man has only just learnt how to walk again and has returned to his job at the same factory. 

The man reportedly passed out during the accident. When he woke, he was amazed to find that not only was he alive, but his feet had been reattached.

When surgeon Dr Wichit Siritattamrong received the late-night call, he rushed to the private hospital Chulalat 3, where the patient was being held. The operation took seven hours. 

Due to the severity of the man’s condition, the medic placed a steel rod around his legs, which stayed there for three months. 

Internal rods were left in place for another two years to allow his legs to retain their form while his bone merged back together. 

‘After two years without walking, the brain has forgotten how to walk,’ Dr Siritattamrong said. 

‘The man needed to learn the process all over again, which took him almost a year.

‘It has taken three years of rehabilitation but he is able to walk around almost like a normal person.’ 

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