A high-speed motor vehicle accident resulted in multiple life-threatening injuries for a local teenager. The most serious: a severed right hand.
Starting with the retrieval of the hand by a kind stranger and ending with the reattachment by surgeon Dr. Christopher Lechner of Carolina Hand and Sports Medicine, the serious injuries Kyra Arias received from that accident are beginning to mend. ...
Kyra is a remarkable young lady. The first time she spoke to me in the Intensive Care Unit she said, “So, I lost my hand”? I replied yes and she proceeded to thank me as she looked at the fingertips of her right hand. A few days later she said, “So I guess I won’t be right-handed any more?” to which I replied, “No, you will have to become left-handed now”. She immediately picked up a notebook and started writing with her left hand and has been practicing ever since. ...
She was very determined to move those fingers [on her right hand] and brought them almost one third of the way into the palm which is remarkable for three weeks post-operative. ...Read the full article