An Albany man will most likely be able to use his arm again, thanks to fast work by first responders and the efforts of a Legacy Emanuel surgeon. Jesse Gonzales's right arm was severed at the elbow during an accident at work, the Mary’s River Lumber Company in Philomath. He knew he's lost his arm by the time he was headed to Portland on Life Flight, but didn't know he'd get it back.
Doctor Steven Madey says time makes a difference when attempting to re-attach a limb; the faster it's back on, the more likely it is to re-gain proper function.
Gonzales couldn't discuss how the accident happened; an OSHA investigation still underway, but he's relieved he'll be able to use his arm again, even if it's not as strong as it once was.