Quick recovery of a severed body part helps increase the odds of successful reattachment. But the body part isn’t always lying right where the incident took place.
Sometimes machinery flings the appendage, and a search has to take place.
Such was the case in Overland, KS, when a 20-year-old man’s left ring finger was cut off when a lawnmower ran over his hand. The mower flung the finger somewhere in a grass-covered yard.
Nine-year veteran officer Tirsa Otero was called to the scene.
Medics asked the officer to look for the finger while they took the victim to a hospital.
Otero and neighbors scoured the area.
One of the others found the finger under a piece of wood, and Otero packaged it in ice and drove it to the hospital. Surgeons were waiting to re-attach it.
No word on whether the surgery was successful.