Austrian police dog finds severed thumb, doctors sew it back on

An Austrian police search dog found a finger that a woman had cut off in a work accident, allowing surgeons to reattach the limb, police said Sunday.

The 51-year-old woman had been cutting wood in Esternberg with a circular saw on Saturday when her hand got caught in the machine, completely severing her thumb and ring finger.

She was flown from the town on the border with Germany to a hospital in Linz without her fingers.

A group of people searched for them without success, but a police dog was able to sniff out the thumb in a meadow, 15 metres away from the saw.

Doctors in Linz reattached it in 12 hours of reconstructive surgery, Austrian press agency APA reported.

The other finger was not found.

Last update: Sun, 09/10/2016 - 14:26

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