Leeches help save man’s hand from amputation

02/6/2014 | West Australian, The

When Sam Leon of Illinois suffered a serious hand injury in an industrial accident, doctors avoided amputation by employing more than 1,400 leeches over a period of 29 days to ensure blood flow before restorative surgery. "The leeches are able to secrete a substance that is a very powerful blood thinner and it allows your wound to continue to drain until your own veins have reformed," explained surgeon Brian Bear.

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