Portland surgeons successfully reattach man's arm

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by KGW Staff

KREM.com

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 7:29 AM

PORTLAND -- Surgeons have reattached the arm of an Oregon mill worker who nearly lost his life while cutting lumber at a Philomath plant.

Jesus "Jessie" Cardonda Gonzalez’s arm was severed at the elbow in the accident last Monday.  He is recovering well after the surgery at Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Hospital. He said he even has feeling and movement in his fingertips.

"I knew my arm had been cut off and I wasn't freaking out or running around I was a little in shock a little in disbelief," Gonzalez said.

His doctor, Steve Madey, said Gonzalez has a good prognosis because of the quick response that helped them get blood flowing back into the limb as fast as possible.

Gonzalez, 40, thanked his co-workers at the Mary's River Lumber Company, who took quick action, and paramedics who responded.

The re-attachment surgery took about two hours.

As for the fence plant where the accident occurred, it has been shut down, pending an investigation.

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