Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sewing Man's Hand Inside His Stomach To save His Hand - Surprising Act

Sewing Man's Hand Inside His Stomach To save His Hand - Surprising Act

Sewing Man's Hand Inside His Stomach To save His Hand - Surprising Act

Former machine operator Carlos Mariotti fell victim to a horrific workplace accident and feared that his hand would have to be completely amputated. However, a groundbreaking procedure has allowed him to gain a sense of mobility he thought he’d lost forever.
In a brutal year-long recovery, Mariotti had to undergo a number of torturous but innovative procedures to restore his disfigured extremity. To fuse flesh back onto Mariotti’s mutilated hand, doctors had to sew his hand into his stomach for 42 days.

Now, Mariotti is slowly becoming able to do simple things he had taken for granted prior to the accident. The father-of-one revealed to Daily Mail the traumatic journey he experienced on his lengthy road to recovery.

43-year-old Carlos Mariotti, from Sao Ludgero, Brazil, was working as a machine operator when he had a grisly accident that would change his life forever. While manning an industrial machine used to make plastic cups and plates, his hand became embedded into the coil rollers.

“I screamed in agony as my hand was dragged into the machine,” Mariotti told Daily Mail. “I got the strength to wrench it out but as I did, I lost all the skin on my palm and the back of my hand.”

Sewing Man's Hand Inside His Stomach To save His Hand - Surprising Act

Mariotti lost all of the nerves and veins on his hand and the tips of his two fingers were severed. Bones and tendons were dangerously exposed and the aftermath of the incident destroyed tissue and severed his blood supply.

“I was in unbearable pain and was told at the hospital my hand may have to be amputated,” Mariotti recalled. “But I had a lot of faith that this wouldn’t happen, and God would put someone there to save it.”

An orthopedic surgeon at Santa Otilia Foundation Hospital, Dr. Boris Brandao, took a risk in performing an innovative procedure for the first time in hopes to salvage Mariotti’s maimed extremity.

In order to regain the flesh on Mariotti’s hand, Dr. Brandao inserted the limb into a soft tissue pocket in his stomach, a position he’d have to remain in for 42 days.

“I inserted the patient’s hand through a 10-centimetre incision into a cavity in the abdomen,” Dr. Brandao explained to Daily Mail. “This prevented infection and necrosis from setting in while allowing the limb to reconnect to the blood supply and restore muscle and tissue.”

Dr. Brandao sutured the limb in place in the abdomen so the skin would cover the back of the hand and the muscle below would help form the shape of the palm.

“It was a really weird sensation because I could feel my fingers wiggling inside my body,” Mariotti told Daily Mail. “I was terrified I’d break the stitches and damage my chances of recovery.”

Mariotti stated that the pain was both “Unforgettable,” “unbearable,” and that sleep was torturous because he had to be incredibly careful with this positioning. For months, Mariotti had to rely on the help of his wife to help him with personal hygiene and changing his clothes.

However, the agonizing recovery process ended up paying off. Six weeks after the first surgery, Mariotti had his hand removed from within his stomach and the skin of his abdomen successfully covered the back of the limb.

Physicians were able to separate the thumb from the hand during surgery and skin was taken from his thigh and belly to cover it, but Mariotti’s extremity ended up looking more like a mitt. However, remnants of his fingers are still present within the stump and he will undergo more procedures to salvage his hand.

Sewing Man's Hand Inside His Stomach To save His Hand - Surprising Act

 “I can feel the small pieces of my fingers moving around and sometimes the points of the bones jab inside and hurt,” Mariotti told Daily Mail.

Despite the discomfort, Mariotti has started to grow more and more capable using the hand. He’s now able to put on and take off his own clothes as well hold a toothbrush and cell phone.

“I never imagined in my wildest dreams that doctors would take this incredible step to save my hand,” Mariotti said, thankful. However, his struggles aren’t over quite yet.

A final procedure will attempt to reconstruct Mariotti’s fingers, but being out of work for a year, the surgical costs are out of range for the former machine operator and his employer hasn’t supported him. A crowdfunding initiative has been set up to raise money for Mariotti on JustGiving.

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