Doctors re-attach severed hand of Russian engineer

Goovashenko Valery, Russian engineer, at the A.J. Hospital in Mangalore.  

MANGALORE, AUG. 21. In a swift operation, the Coast Guard and A.J. Hospital at Kuntikana here have saved a Russian electrical engineer from losing his hand.

The left hand of Goovashenko Valery (52), who was sailing on the Russian ship MV Anatoly Kolesnichenko, got severed accidentally while at work.

The ship was 72 nautical miles away from the Mangalore Port when the accident occurred at 5.30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The captain of the ship informed the Maritime Rescue Coordinating Centres in Chennai and Mumbai and asked for assistance.

The rescue sub-centre located at the Coast Guard premises in Mangalore, which received the message, swung into action at 8.39 p.m. The interceptor boat of the Coast Guard could not reach the spot due to rough seas, and the Russian ship was asked to make an emergency port call.

Subsequently, the engineer was taken to A.J. Hospital from the New Mangalore Port.

A group of doctors surgically re-attached the hand.

According to Dinesh Kadam, plastic and micro-vascular <129>surgeon, though 10 hours had passed since the hand was <129>severed, they did not encounter any problem in re-attaching it.

The surgical group included Trivikram Tantry, Sudarshan Bhandary and Prafulla Fernandes.

Mr. Valery was now able to move his fingers and the blood circulation in the left hand was normal, the doctors said.