A 32-year-old man originally from the Middle East had his hand reattached to his arm at St James’ Hospital at the weekend after he accidentally severed it while using a band saw in a meat shop in Longford Town.
The man, believed to be living in the Longford area, had entered Oasis Food Store on Great Water Street in the town at approximately 6pm on Thursday evening last.
It is understood he had intended to purchase meat from the Halal store and was told by the attendant behind the counter to wait until evening prayers were finished.
The man then made his way behind the counter and proceeded to cut the meat by himself using a band saw located inside the premises.
The man’s right hand was then sliced off by the blade of the appliance, which rotates at speeds of up to 5,000 feet per minute.
He was treated at the scene and then brought by an AW-139 Air Corps helicopter to St James’ Hospital in Dublin before surgeons at the hospital successfully reattached the hand at the weekend.