LONDON -- A team of surgeons today reattached the left arm of a farm worker who picked up his severed limb and walked about a mile to get help.
A spokesman for Stoke Mandeville Hospital, about 40 miles northwest of London, said that in 10 hours of micro-surgery doctors succeeded in rejoining the nerve ends and restoring circulation.
But he said it was too early to tell if Roy Tapping, 25, will regain full use of the arm. Tapping was placed in intensive care.
Tapping was working alone with a hay baler Monday when it trapped his left arm and severed it near the shoulder. He managed to pick it up and staggered nearly a mile before he was seen and an ambulance called.
The ambulance crew put the arm in an icepack and took him to the hospital.