Shocking! Man Lives With His Hand Sewn Inside Stomach To Save His Life [Video]
May. 17, 2020
43 year old and Former machine operator Carlos Mariotti, from São Ludgero in southern Brazil, lost all the skin from his hand and fingers in a horrific workplace accident in March 2016.
His hand had been pulled into and trapped between two coil rollers in an industrial machine used to make plastic tableware. The skin had been torn off, destroying tissue, severing blood supply and leaving bones and tendons exposed.
However, quick-thinking surgeons decided that rather than amputate, they could salvage the hand by surgically tucking it into a soft-tissue pouch in his belly - where it stayed for 42 days.
Carlos said, “It was a really weird sensation because I could feel my fingers wiggling inside my body''
Carlos currently has a left hand shaped like a boxing glove with a small thumb and a ball of puffy flesh where his four fingers should be.
He is already able to do basic tasks like hold his mobile phone and his toothbrush as he puts toothpaste on, but Carlos is now due to undergo two new trailblazing procedures to radically improve the range of movement in his hand.
The first operation will divide Carlos’s hand into two sections with two fingers each encased in the separated sections, with a deeper cut in the area between the thumb and the hand to improve the thumb’s flexibility.
Liposuction will drain away fatty tissue reducing the puffiness and improving the look of the hand.
The second surgery, after a few months of recovery, will complete the hand by dividing the two separated sections into four fingers for cosmetic reconstruction
Dr Boris Brandao from Santa Otilia Foundation Hospital in the neighbouring town of Orleans, was the orthopaedic surgeon who had the ingenious idea of salvaging Carlos’s degloved hand after he was rushed in by ambulance following the grisly accident.
The specialist decided to transform Carlos’s tummy into a sterile incubator by inserting the hand through a 10-centimetre incision into a cavity in the abdomen.
This prevented infection and necrosis from setting in, while allowing the limb to reconnect its blood supply and restore muscle and tissue.
The third procedure, seven days later, involved splicing skin from Carlos’s left thigh and grafting it onto his palm.
Unfortunately, areas of the transplant died within a few days and sections of the damaged skin had to be cut from the palm.
While the next two pioneering surgeries could fundamentally transform his ability to use his hand, at the moment the surgical costs are way beyond his family’s budget as he hasn’t been able to work for a year.
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