PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Clarion County boy, who had to have his right arm reattached by surgeons after a horrific accident, is back home with his family in the small town of Knox.
12-year old Seth Apel was hurt earlier this month while unloading firewood on his parent’s property. His sleeve got caught in a machine, and his arm was severed between his shoulder and elbow. First responders acted quickly, and the boy was flown by helicopter to UPMC Children’s Hospital. His arm was packed in ice and also flown to the hospital. Surgeons worked for eight hours and reattached the arm.
At his home Friday night, Apel told KDKA TV’s Ralph Iannotti, “It feels good to be home, and not having nurses waking you up every two hours.”
His mother, Angela, said, “Doctors can’t say definitely whether he’ll have full function of his arm, but, we are trusting God will give him whatever he needs, and whatever it is, we will be grateful.” She said, at first, she worried that “he wasn’t going to have an arm at all.”
The boy, who loves playing baseball, is thinking ahead to next spring, saying that if his reattached arm doesn’t heal properly, “I want to be [the team] mascot.”