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Boy severs arm in ATV accident

August 10, 1997

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ A 15-year-old boy severed his right arm in an all-terrain vehicle accident witnessed by an ambulance crew.

Kevin Martin of Milwaukie, a Portland suburb, underwent surgery at University Hospital to reattach the arm. He was listed in critical condition Saturday. Valerie Ebner, a spokeswoman for the Portland hospital, said the family requested she not reveal whether the operation was successful.

The boy was going about 40 mph on his homemade ATV Friday afternoon on the southern Oregon coast when it hit a small sand dune. The ATV flipped several times, and the boy’s arm got caught on the vehicle, sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Pinkston said. A witness found the arm 20 to 30 feet away.

An ambulance responding to a minor accident nearby probably saved the boy’s life with immediate medical aid, Pinkston said.

``We watched it happen,″ paramedic Scott Anderson said.