Now he wants to come home

By TAMARA KEMP ? SPEAKING from his bed at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital yesterday, Andrew Hayne said he had made progress moving his reattached finger.

Now the 16-year-old is waiting for the all-clear to return to Rockhampton and catch up with his friends and family, which could be as early as next week.

Two weeks ago Andrew's doctors sewed the severed index finger on to his middle finger position.

They also fixed the positioning of a broken bone in his hand.

He lost his index and middle finger after getting them caught in a rope he was swinging off at Stanage Bay two weeks ago.

Andrew was flown to Rockhampton Hospital by the Capricorn Rescue Helicopter before being taken to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital for an eight-hour operation on his fingers.

Since the surgery, Andrew just wants to return home.

Andrew said his finger was making great progress.

"I am able to move my fingers about, but we are trying to get it to the point when I can use it for other things,'' he said.

He said the worst part of the ordeal was not being able to do anything.

He said there was nothing more he wanted to do than to catch up with his friends and family.

"I will be in theatre on Friday to get my finger stitched up and then that should be it,'' he said.



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