Surgeons were able to reattach hand severed by a machete blow

Surgeons needed 10 hours to reattach the hand of a man who was a machete victim in a confrontation a week ago.

The 41-year-old construction worker has some movement in the left hand but will need therapy to recover more, according to Hospital Calderon Guardia.

The man, Ricardo Pérez, was in the news a week ago. Judicial agents said he was motorcyclist who confronted a man chopping vegetation because the man sprayed rocks on the vehicle. In the argument that followed, the motorcyclist lost his left hand to a machete blow.

The amputation took place in  Barrio San Isidro, Nicoya, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. The man who had been cutting vegetation was detained on an attempted murder allegation.

Aircraft from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública carried the man to the Central Valley where hospital attendants said the operation to restore the severed hand began at 12:45 p.m. and lasted until 11 p.m.

The hospital statement credited Cristian Castro Artavia, an orthopedist,  and Pablo Solís Chaves, a reconstruction surgeon, with the successful operation.  The hospital staffers said the surgical team used microsurgery.hand070815

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