Polish man has both hands successfully reattached after horrific accident

A terrifying industrial accident on November 16th left 24-year-old Sylwester Ordon with both hands completely severed at the wrist. A crack team of surgeons at the Kraków Specialist Rydygier Hospital worked for over 10 hours, successfully reattaching the young man’s hands. 

The accident occurred on the first day of Ordon’s new job, when he was working with a steel cutting machine. Ordon, who comes from Bogdałów-Kolonia, a small village in the Wielkopolskie voivodship, was fortunate to get to the hospital when he did.

The Polish Magazine Site, Expatriate, conducted an interview with the family as well as the surgeons, who spoke of the precarious nature of such a delicate procedure.

“We had to fight against time, act quickly and accurately,” said Doctor Anna Chrapusta, head of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Burns Department during a press conference. Two teams of surgeons, anaesthesiologists, nurses and instrumentalists took part in the operation. All necassary tendons, arteries, veins and nerves have been fused.”

It was a shock for us – the mother of the man – Dorota Ordon – recalls the accident. I wanted my son to get to the hospital as soon as possible, so there would still be enough time to stitch the hands back to his arms. I counted every minute. I’m very grateful to Doctor Karol Krajewski, who immediately decided to transport my son to the Transplantation Centre in Kraków.

Ordon talks about how he felt good after the surgery. “I could move my fingers the next day. I believed in success because I was told that this hospital is able to do this. I didn’t lose hope. I want to thank all the doctors and nurses who took care of me, I want to thank the whole hospital.”


The centre regularly performs such operations and there is a strong chance that Ordon will regain partial use of his hands with a programme of rehabilitation and further treatment. All of us at The Good News Planet wish him a speedy recovery.

Colin J McCracken

Colin J McCracken is a content designer, editor and writer from Ireland. Giving form and function to the My Good Planet vision, it has been his role to design and develop the online platform, content and presence of the project.

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