After a man severed his hand with a production machine, surgeons saved the limb by temporarily attaching it to his belly.

Carlos Mariotti, of Orleans, Brazil, lost his left hand while working with a production machine, Metro.co.uk reported. Surgeons placed his hand, which had two fingers missing, in his abdomen by securing it with a piece of skin.

Surgeon Boris Brandao said surgeons left the hand inside Mariotti’s abdomen for six weeks. Mariotti is healing at Santa Otília Hospital, Metro.co.uk reported.

More on this...

“This was a very large and delicate injury, and the only place we could fit the whole hand was in the abdomen,” Brandao told the news website. “Without this procedure, there would be a high risk of infection, and the tissue and tendons would rot away.”

Mariotti said he didn’t know what to expect from the procedure.
“When I woke up from the operation, I didn’t know whether it was still there,” Mariotti told the news website. “I couldn’t believe it when they said they had tucked my hand inside me.”