Episode Title - Severed
There are few injuries more
horrifying than the severing of a limb…and few surgeries
more astonishing than those that reattach body parts.
Through dramatic reenactments,
video archives and live surgical footage, Severed Limbs portrays
the stories of individuals who suffered traumatic amputations,
but were fortunate enough to have their limbs reattached thanks
to medical science, quick thinking by friends/family and a big
dose of luck!
Ten year old Sheridan
Brenton’s right arm was torn from his body in
a car accident. After enduring over 20 surgeries in a year and
a half, Sheridan has returned to his normal routine. His attitude
though out his painful rehabilitation has been an inspiration
to all those around him.
arrives at Vanderbilt Hospital with all four fingers on his
left hand completely cut off. Dr. Douglas Weikart carefully
reattaches the fingers in a surgery using wires, microscopes
and sutures thinner than human hairs.
lost his thumb in an accident with a gun. Now, his surgeon,
Dr. Scott Levin, will give Kenric a new thumb in a bizarre surgery
that removes his big toe and replants it on his hand.
Phillip Lindsley is an outdoorsman living in
a remote corner of Oregon. His life changed forever after an
accident at a sawmill severed his left hand at the wrist. Racing
against time and severe weather, EMS struggled to get him to
the nearest trauma surgeons in time for a successful reattachment.
lost his hand in a fireworks explosion years ago. Since that
time he’s lived his life with a hook as a hand. Now, surgeons
in Louisville, Kentucky propose to replace Jerry’s hook
with a “donor” hand in a revolutionary procedure-
a hand transplant.