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Teen's arm reattached after pasta machine mishap

  • Associated Press
  • May 17, 2014 - 1:15 AM

BOSTON — A teenager whose arm was severed below the elbow as he cleaned a restaurant pasta machine has had the limb successfully reattached.

WCVB-TV (http://bit.ly/QSl5vA ) reports 17-year-old Brett Bouchard is able to move his right arm again less than three weeks after his accident at Violi's Restaurant in Massena, New York, on the Canadian border.

So far, Bouchard has undergone four surgeries at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Doctors say his quick decision to apply a tourniquet and recover the lost limb have helped his recovery.

Bouchard will need still more surgeries to transfer new muscles to his hand. But he's confident he'll be able to regrow the nerves in his lower arm and regain his sense of touch.

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