Yesterday I received a call that I needed to go check on my nephews because my sister, Sara, had "cut her arm" and had gone to the hospital. I went over and found that the EMT's had left her sons at her neighbor's house.
Apparently she had been cutting a wooden train on a table saw and cut off the tip of her left thumb as well as her first two fingers and damaged the ring and pinky fingers. She was 36 weeks pregnant, so when they got to St. George, they started talking about sending her to Salt Lake City. U of U has an awesome set of doctors for this sort of thing, as well as more capabilities for watching the baby while Sara was under anesthesia, etc. They assembled a team while she was transitioning, and they began to work on her early yesterday afternoon.
This morning around 7:00 the baby's heart rate was dropping, so they took her in for an emergency c-section. They are still working on the thumb, and have now reattached all of her fingers.
All day yesterday I just kept looking at my fingers and thinking about what a miracle they are. I am grateful that Sara is so healthy, because the baby seems to be doing really well.
My dad almost lost his arm in a car accident when I was a little girl. The doctors were considering amputating, and my grandma, a nurse, told them, "He has four little kids. He needs that arm." So they bolted him up and put it back on, thinking he would never have full use of the arm and hand. However, my dad regained all use of his arm even down to the fingers. He regained this use within a year. I have always considered that a miracle.
Apparently when the EMT's got there and saw this poor pregnant mom with severed fingers they were understandably distressed, and she tried to reassure them that everything would be okay, and apologized for inconveniencing everyone. Our brother was at the hospital when she got to SLC, and she told him to take a deep breath and that everything would be fine. Sara is one of the nicest, most golden people I know, and I have no problem hoping and even expecting a miracle in the case of such a sweetheart.