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Rare feat for finger surgeons

IN back-to-back surgeries, a local hospital successfully reattached the fingers of two foreign ship crew members that had been sliced off in separate accidents, 15 and 24 hours before.

Doctors from Shanghai No. 1 People's Hospital announced the one-two feat yesterday.

A Filipino crew member cut off his right thumb on the early morning of May 14 and was rushed to the hospital's Songjiang branch by helicopter. In surgery that started immediately, two group of doctors spent eight hours to successfully reattach the thumb.

An Indian crew member's middle and ring fingers on the right hand were restored 24 hours after they were cut off in a second accident. It was a hospital record for the longest time a finger was severed before being reattached.


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