Robert Ruffer was working on his farm with a saw, cutting up pieces of wood, when a horrible accident happened.
His sleeve got caught on the blade. The blade ripped through his arm and his bones. His son fashioned a quick tourniquet out of a belt and waited for an ambulance to arrive.
Ruffer arrived at the University of Michigan Health System with his arm hanging by just a flap of skin.
Ruffer ended up in the care of Kagan Ozer, M.D., the hand surgeon who is leading U-M’s new hand transplant program. Ozer reconstructed Ruffer’s arm, building back bone, tendons and nerves. Continue reading