Boy fights back after hand ordeal

By LYNDAL GAWEN

"I'M LUCKY but I'm unlucky,'' Andrew Hayne, 16, said about having one finger sewn back on to his left hand after two were severed in a freak accident.

Sitting in the garden of his Pop, Doug Peacock's North Rockhampton home, Andrew was relaxed and even resigned to the fact he will have an immovable middle finger that could get him into trouble.

Accidentally telling people where to go, however, is the least of Andrew's worries at the moment.

The next month will be an important one for the survival of the middle finger on his left hand. The digit was severed in an accident while camping at Stanage Bay with his Pop last month.

While swinging off a tarzan rope into a dam, Andrew lost the pointer and middle fingers of his left hand when he jumped away from the rope.

Modern medicine and three weeks at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital has resulted in his pointer finger being connected to the middle finger position.

Arriving back in Rockhampton early yesterday, Andrew explained that his newly mounted middle finger was fused at the bottom knuckle and pinned at the top knuckle, making it unbendable.



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