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Now here’s an accident you don’t see every day: a 12-year-old boy in Pennsylvania had his arm severed in an apparent firewood-cutting accident.

The boy, Seth Apel, was working with his dad and brothers. He had gone by himself  to unload a pile of wood from the tractor when somehow his sleeve was snagged by a PTO, a piece of equipment attached to the tractor that rotates. (Dad was about 500 yards away, up a hill.) His grandfather, who lives next door heard his screams and called 911.

Medics put the boys’ arm on ice and Seth was airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Saturday, where his arm was reattached. He was in surgery for eight hours. We can only hope he’ll eventually regain as much use of it as possible.


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