12-year-old Pa. boy's severed arm reattached


PITTSBURGH — A 12-year-old Pennsylvania boy whose arm was severed in a firewood-cutting accident has undergone successful surgery to have it reattached.

Angela Apel tells KDKA-TV that her son Seth's arm was severed Saturday when it was caught in a firewood splitter while he was helping his father and brothers at their home in Knox, Clarion County. That's about 70 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Medics packed the arm in ice and after eight hours of surgery, doctors at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC told her they had reattached the limb.

The boy's father, Josh Apel says, "Life is going to change, but we pick ourselves up and do what we have to."

A hospital spokeswoman says the boy's surgeon wasn't immediately available to comment Wednesday on the boy's prognosis.