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Oct 11, 2011 6:23 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton Butcher Chops Off Finger, Beats The Odds In Surgery

Oct 20, 2011 2:02 PM

Mr. Jones, who celebrated his 36th birthday on Monday with his newly reattached finger, is full of gratitude for Dr. Brady.

“I’m very fortunate. Everybody thanks Dr. Brady, my whole family,” he said at the hospital on Friday, seated next to his doctor, whose eyes turned teary. “I need my hands as well as anybody else. I don’t have another career, so I will be going back to cutting meat. I still need to be able to hold a knife,” he said. At the other end of the table were his smiling fiancée, Debbie Chambers, 33, and his two youngest sons.

In order to maximize one’s chances of having a successful replantation after chopping off a digit, the key is not to panic, Dr. Brady said. In the moments after his accident, Mr. Jones grabbed the lopped-off piece and placed it in a box of ice—lucky for him, the ice-abundant seafood department was right near the meat department. He was rushed to the hospital by Bridgehampton Fire Department Ambulance.

It is best to save the finger by wrapping it in a moist paper towel, placing it in a bag and placing the bag on ice, Dr. Brady said. If it is put directly on ice, it can freeze and crystallize. And placing it in water can damage the tissues, as the human body contains saline.

Next up for Mr. Jones is another six to eight weeks of letting the replanted bone heal, followed by therapy to recover motion.

Mr. Jones attributed his mishap to being slightly out of proper position, which he said he will teach the younger butchers upon his return. He has picked up one lesson himself: “Go a little slower. Don’t be in such a rush, because you have eight hours in the day for your work. Whatever you don’t get done today will get done tomorrow. That’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned from this whole thing.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Brady is radiating with pride for his patient.

“Nothing makes me happier than to fix people and fix their problems,” the surgeon said. “But I couldn’t be optimistic with Carl, because I knew just how hard it was. And he looked at me and said, ‘Please try’—and I’ll remember that for the rest of my life.”

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Dr. Brady is not only a great physician but a great person as well. We are lucky to have him.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Oct 13, 11 3:07 PM
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Great article - - nice to read something good for a change! Great work by Dr. Brady. We're lucky to have him and his associates in our community! Thanks, Jim!
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Oct 13, 11 8:30 PM
Dr. Brady dis a great job on my daughter's fingers - they were crushed in a door. His office staff is so nice, too!
By baywave (22), Westhampton Beach on Oct 14, 11 2:47 PM
We are indeed lucky to have him here. I have had the privilege of knowing and working with him in the OR. Not only is Dr. Brady an excellent surgeon, he is also a kind and caring person. The general public does not get to see the behind the scenes, the long hours, the follow up and the worry that he puts into each and every patient he sees and treats. Thanks Jim, you're the greatest:)
By sandydog21 (195), Southampton on Oct 15, 11 11:44 AM
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