Doctors save boy's finger

By LYNDAL GAWEN

WHEN Andrew Hayne, 16, was flown by the Capricorn Rescue Helicopter to Rock- hampton Hospital from Stanage Bay on Sunday he had two fingers missing.

A flight to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, and an eight-hour operation on Monday, means Andrew is now missing one finger.

The twist to the story is the new position- ing of Andrew's fingers.

Unable to re-attach the pointer finger to its rightful position, doctors sewed nerves, tendons and flesh of the pointer to the mid- dle finger position.

Andrew's story begins with a camping trip to Stanage Bay with his granddad, Doug "Pop'' Peacock, his brother Scott, 13, and a friend, Andrew Wise.

The three boys were playing on a tarzan rope taking turns jumping into a dam. "He was on the swing, and me and An- drew were pushing him,'' Scott said.

"He was about to jump and his left hand got caught in the rope, grabbed his two fingers and he came out of the water screaming ? we both were screaming.''

Scott said he grabbed the two fingers, put them in an esky and the party of four drove to the Plum Tree Shop at Stanage Bay for help.

When Marlborough ambulance officer, Mark Tobin, arrived at Stanage Bay, An- drew's fingers were already in a plastic bag and on ice to be preserved on the off chance that they could be replaced.

With the idea that time could be against them in re-attaching the fingers, Mr Tobin said they decided to call the rescue helicop- ter to make the flight back to Rock- hampton.

Andrew's grandmother, Diane Peacock, joined him in the plane from Rockhampton to Brisbane and was happy to see him in good spirits after Monday's operation.



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