CLARION COUNTY (KDKA) – The Clarion county boy whose arm was reattached after a firewood-cutting accident continues to recover at home, and his journey has been nothing short of miraculous.
KDKA visited Seth Apel and his parents last week at their home in Knox.
Seth went home on Thanksgiving Day, as many people in the town lined the streets to welcome him home.
Since then, Seth has been resuming his normal activities. He’s been going to church and trying to catch up on school work. He’s had lots of people stopping by to wish him well. He also has regular visits from nurses and physical therapists.
“He’s doing really well. They say his arm couldn’t look better,” said Seth’s mother, Angela Apel. “He’s healthy. He’s responding to the medications, all the things he has to be on.”
“They can’t say definitively whether he’ll have full function, but we’re trusting that god will give him what he needs,” she continued. “Whatever that is, we’ll be more than grateful because I thought he wasn’t going to have an arm at all.”
Seth’s arm was completely severed below his shoulder. Doctors at Children’s Hospital spent eight hours reattaching it. The Apels say their faith in God and support from friends, family and thousands of strangers have helped them through.
People in the Knox community finished cutting the firewood that Seth was helping with the day of his accident, and they’ve been sending food to the family every day. The Apels have also heard from people all over.
“It’s been thousands of cards, letters,” said Seth’s father, Joshua Apel, “so many people are interested in him and his faith and recovery and the things he has gone through and done.”
“I just want to say thank you for all of your support,” Seth said.
If you would like to help the Apels with Seth’s recovery fund, you can do so via their GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/8g9bdytq