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Doctors Use Parts of Two Severed Hands To Reattach One

May 31, 1987

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A paper mill worker lost his hands in an industrial accident, but surgeons fashioned one hand for him using parts from both mangled hands, the hospital said Saturday.

Daniel Hershberger, 25, of Martinsburg, got his hands trapped Friday in machinery at the Appleton Paper Plant in Roaring Springs. He was taken to a nearby hospital, then flown by helicopter to Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital.

In an 18-hour operation, surgeons saved the palm and thumb on Hershberger’s left hand and reattached them to his left wrist. They were unable to save any fingers on his left hand, but attached three fingers from his right hand to his left hand.

If the surgery is successful, Hershberger will have a functional left hand with a thumb and three fingers, doctors said.

Hershberger was listed in critical condition Saturday, said hospital spokeswoman Robyn Beckwith.

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