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Ian Horsley, 61, a Rosemarket handyman, Milford Haven, South Wales, cut off his hand in an electric hacksaw (photo) when he cleaned up an older woman's shed

A handyman cut off his left hand with a chainsaw and saw him flying through the air & # 39; but did not feel any & # 39; pain & # 39 ;.

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Ian Horsley, 61, from Rosemarket, Milford Haven, South Wales, helped clean up the shed of an older woman in the area when the horrific accident happened.

Ian Horsley, 61, a Rosemarket handyman, Milford Haven, South Wales, cut off his hand in an electric hacksaw (photo) when he cleaned up an older woman's shed

Ian Horsley, 61, a Rosemarket handyman, Milford Haven, South Wales, cut off his hand in an electric hacksaw (photo) when he cleaned up an older woman's shed

Mr. Horsley fed material into an electric hacksaw when his left hand clamped the knife. The saw cut his hand through the palm and left only his thumb.

Speaking of the incident, Mr. Horsley said: “I just felt this thump and something flew out in front of me.

& # 39; When I looked down and saw that it was my hand, it was the most horrible sight. My world fell apart. & # 39;

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He added: & # 39; I screamed at my friend and he ran to his wife who was cleaning up inside the house. She gave me a pillowcase that I wrapped around my hand.

& # 39; We were going to call an ambulance but then decided to get in the car because I wasn't sure if I could wait that long.

& # 39; I grabbed my hand and got into the car and we put my hand on the back seat. & # 39;

Horsley and his friend drove 15 minutes to the Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest, Wales.

An A&E hospital consultant ensured that he was sent to the Welsh Center for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

Horsley became & # 39; in record time & # 39; taken to the Morriston hospital in an ambulance on Saturday 23 February. Fortunately the roads were quiet while the Wales rugby team faced England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Mr. Horsley cut off his left hand as he fed material through the chainsaw. Surgeons at the Morriston Hospital in Swansea could sew the hand back but couldn't save his little finger

Mr. Horsley cut off his left hand as he fed material through the chainsaw. Surgeons at the Morriston Hospital in Swansea could sew the hand back but couldn't save his little finger

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Mr. Horsley cut off his left hand as he fed material through the chainsaw. Surgeons at the Morriston Hospital in Swansea could sew the hand back but couldn't save his little finger

Preparations were made for surgery, and 13 hours later Mr. Horsley in the ward was reconfirmed with his hand, apart from his little finger.

Despite the shocking accident, Mr. Horsley said: & # 39; During all of this, I felt no pain at all, and there was almost no blood I could not explain. & # 39;

& # 39; On the way to the hospital I was a bit in despair. The man in the back of the ambulance was absolutely wonderful. He explained to me how it was not the end of the world and I had to be positive.

He added: & # 39; The plan was to remove tendons from my leg and veins from my foot to fix my hand, but in the end it wasn't necessary, and it was sewn in again. & # 39;

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Six days later, Mr. Horsley returned to his wife Linda and the 14-year-old daughter Cerys.

He described it as a long and sometimes difficult road to recovery, with many visits to the physiotherapy and occupational therapy departments at the hospitals of Morriston and Withybush.

& # 39; I still have a way to go, & # 39; he said. & # 39; It's been six months since the accident, I have some exercise and there are improvements every day.

Horsley added: & # 39; My hand is stiff but I have movement. I have lost my little finger, but it feels like a small price to pay. I have full motion in my thumb and I can grab hold of things. & # 39;

& # 39; I am starting to regain the feeling, but there is quite a lot of pain and I use medication to counter that. I will undergo further operations to release the tendons and support movement. & # 39;

In spite of the shocking accident, Mr. Horsley said: "During all of this, I felt no pain at all and there was almost no blood I could not explain"
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In spite of the shocking accident, Mr. Horsley said: "During all of this, I felt no pain at all and there was almost no blood I could not explain"

In spite of the shocking accident, Mr. Horsley said: "During all of this, I felt no pain at all and there was almost no blood I could not explain"

Horsely, who has been an independent handyman for 40 years, can no longer work after the accident.

A powerful heel saw the same thing that Mr. Horsley cut off his land hand.

A powerful heel saw the same thing that Mr. Horsley cut off his land hand.

A powerful heel saw the same thing that Mr. Horsley cut off his land hand.

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He said: & # 39; Fortunately enough I have been working for 40 years and have had a little money.

& # 39; I have a positive outlook and my goal is to get back to work. There may be some tasks that I might not be able to do now, but I have a better view than at the time of the accident, because I thought it was. & # 39;

Mr. Horsley added: & I am so grateful to my consultant and her team at Morriston and those who took care of me at Withybush.

& # 39; My experience with the NHS and the dedicated professionals who work for it is positive. They are heroes for me.

He went on to say: & I hope no one needs to experience complex trauma or severe burns, but if they do, they cannot be in better hands than the Welsh Center for Burns and Plastic Surgery in Morriston.

& # 39; The work that they do is incredible. If this unit was farther away, the outcome might be very different. & # 39;

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