Doctors are hoping that 29-year-old Phillip Lindsley of Wallowa will regain the mobility of his fingers after a 10-hour operation Jan. 28 at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. Lindsley lost his left hand Aug. 20 in an accident at Wallowa Forest Products and it was surgically re-attached shortly thereafter at OHSU.
The Jan. 28 operation was the first since his hand was re-attached. An incision to within one inch of the elbow was made to stretch tendons and make room for a blood vessel relocated from his foot. Father Len Lindsley said that Phillip is expected to regain movement of his left thumb, but not be able to bend it.