CHICAGO (CBS) — More than likely with all the snow on the ground in the Chicago area, you have been hearing the roar of snowblowers up and down your neighborhood.
On Thursday night, a surgeon reached out to CBS 2. He treated three patients on Thursday who severed their fingers in separate incidents involving snowblowers.READ MORE: 1 Dead, 2 Injured In I-57 Expressway Shooting Near 119th Street
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“I wasn’t thinking very well, then I put my left hand down to the chute to pull the snow out,” said patient Todd Freedman of Vernon Hills.
“So it’s like putting your hand inside of a garbage disposal while the garbage disposal is still on – you forgot to turn it off,” said Dr. John Fernandez of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup
Freedman was able to have his fingers reattached and is expected to make a full recovery.