Severed-finger boy talks about ordeal

By LYNDAL GAWEN

SPEAKING from his bed at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital yesterday, Andrew Hayne was thankful he had lost only one finger.

"I'm over it now,'' he said about the whole ordeal. "At the start I was a bit worried about not getting the fingers back on.''

Six days ago Andrew had been swinging on a Tarzan rope, ready to jump into a dam at Stanage Bay, when his fingers got caught in the rope.

When Andrew left the rope for the dam the rope severed the middle and pointer fingers from his left hand.

Going into surgery on Monday he and doctors were not sure what they would be able to do to heal his hand.

"They said they were going to give it a go, but they weren't too sure if it was going to happen,'' he said.

What doctors were able to do was sew the severed pointer finger on to the middle finger position.

While he knows how the doctors re-connected his fingers, Andrew has only seen x-rays of his hand.

Yesterday morning he went in for a final two-hour operation at 8.30am to fix the positioning of a broken bone in his hand.

"It's a little bit sore,'' he said, "I'm on pain killers so it's not throbbing.''

It was hoped Andrew would be able to make the trip back to Rockhampton today, but doctors want him to stay at the Brisbane hospital for the next two weeks in case anything goes wrong.



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