Man stabs his wrist in DIY accident

PUBLISHED: 07:44 31 August 2006 | UPDATED: 21:16 29 May 2010

AMBULANCE crews rushed a man to hospital after a chisel slammed into his wrist while he was carrying out work. The accident happened at 10.20am last Wednesday when IT consultant and father Phil Beresford-Davis, of Highfields, Dunmow, was on all fours pull

AMBULANCE crews rushed a man to hospital after a chisel slammed into his wrist while he was carrying out work.

The accident happened at 10.20am last Wednesday when IT consultant and father Phil Beresford-Davis, of Highfields, Dunmow, was on all fours pulling up cork tiles from his toilet.

The chisel slammed into the wrist that was supporting his weight and he fell down.

Fortunately, his wife Liz is trained in first aid. She said: "It was rather worrying but

I was busy trying to tie my husband down to the chair to stop him bleeding all over the house!"

An ambulance aided by a rapid response vehicle arrived within 10 minutes of being called. The crew dressed the wound before taking the 43-year-old man to Chelmsford's Broomfield Hospital.

After waiting for five hours in A & E, heavily bandaged, Mr Beresford-Davis was transferred to the plastic surgery department where his nerves and veins had to be repaired.

With 90 per cent of his wrist tendon ripped by the impact of the blade Mr Beresford-Davis was kept in hospital for two nights before being discharged.

An ambulance spokesman said: "The victim was lucky the blade did not go further into his left wrist than it did.

"Although the blade has only broken skin, it might easily have done serious damage to the tendons and ligaments."

Mr Beresford-Davis may find typing difficult in the coming weeks but the worry now is, that his injury will affect his work in future years.

Mrs Beresford-Davis added: "I just hope it doesn't affect Phil's work. Maybe in future he will leave all the DIY work to me!

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