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A team of Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons, lead by Curtis Cetrulo, Jr., MD, of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, perform a series of complex surgeries to reattach a patient's arm.

Mass General surgeons reattach arm severed in pasta machine


17-year-old Brett Bouchard was cleaning an industrial pasta maker at a New York restaurant when the machine turned on and caught his arm, severing it just below his elbow. Brett was taken to a nearby hospital and was soon airlifted to Mass General where a large surgical team—led by Curtis Cetrulo, Jr., MD, of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—performed a series of complex and lengthy operations to reattach his arm. Brett is currently on the path to recovery and is expected to undergo additional operations to improve function and feeling in his hand. Watch video


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