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Surgeons Amputate Right Hand of Wisconsin Boy

April 29, 1992

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Doctors on Wednesday amputated the right hand of a kindergartner whose left arm and right hand were reattached after a farm accident.

″The circulation had dropped dramatically and they determined that the hand would not be functional,″ said Robin Rainford, spokeswoman at St. Paul- Ramsey Medical Center.

Six-year-old Michael Conoboy’s limbs were reattached on Saturday after they were torn off while he was riding a piece of farm equipment.

Rainford said Michael’s reattached left arm continues to improve and has a steady blood supply. His condition has been upgraded from critical to serious, and he was removed from a respirator Wednesday, the spokeswoman said.

Reconstructive surgery on Michael’s right arm is planned for next week, doctors said.

Michael’s limbs were severed when he and his 14-year-old stepbrother, Matthew Neisler, were riding on the long metal arm of an irrigation system in a farm field near their Chetek, Wis., home.

The clothes of both boys became entangled in the equipment and Michael’s arms were slowly pulled off and he was run over by a wheel. Matthew, whose foot was partially amputated six years ago when it was run over by a train, suffered a bruised wrist.

Michael underwent nine hours of surgery Saturday to reattach his left arm and right hand. He underwent 4 1/2 hours of additional surgery Monday night to reattach one artery and two nerves in his right arm, which had been severed near the wrist.

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