When you lose a limb, you’re faced with a race against the clock: either you get it on ice and rush to the hospital or you cauterize that stump and affix a chainsaw to it a la Bruce Campbell in The Evil Dead. Or, conversely, if you’re nine year old Ming Li, you have it surgically grafted to your leg and hope for the best.
Such was the case for the poor young girl from China whose hand was severely damaged in a tractor accident last July. Since tractors show no mercy, the arm was damaged beyond the point where reattachment was a possibility. So doctors at a hospital in Zhengzhou in the Henan Province of China surgically grafted it to her right calf where it stayed for three months.
After three months, presumably once her arm had healed enough, the doctors reattached it to her arm. Dr. Hou Jianxi, who serves as spokesman for the unnamed hospital, has high hopes, stating that the young girl can now move the wrist and that the hand is pink, which is a clear indication that blood is moving through it.
Little Ming Li isn’t done yet, though. Over the course of the next year or so she will require more operations, namely to help remove the scars and improve hand functions. While her hand won’t be at 100%, with the help of physiotherapy and a bit of determination, it will still be functional.