NEW YORK (WPIX)—A few weeks ago Rene Campos, 29, was splitting wood with a log splitter and accidentally chopped off his hand.
However, instead of panicking, Campos remained unbelievably calm and actually began give directions to a co-worker.
"I saw my hand fly off," Campos told PIX 11 News. "I told him to pick up the hand."
Not only was Campos calm enough to tell his co-worker to find his hand and put in a cooler, he wrapped his wrist and put pressure on the artery to stop the bleeding in effect creating a tourniquet.
Campos was rushed to Stony Brook University Medical Center where surgeons sprang into action.
When a hand or limb is severed it's a race against time to reattach it before tissue and nerves begin to die.
"While nurses were starting IV's and anesthesia was putting him off to sleep we took the hand back into the operating room and started working on it and started identifying all the parts that we were going to fix beforehand so when he came in we were ready to go," said Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jason Ganz.
Dr. Ganz and his team re-attached all 5 bones, 3 arteries, about a dozen nerves and 15 tendons in an operation that lasted 11 hours.
"When you get the first artery together and you see the hand go from pale to pink...that's when you know its going to work," said Dr. Ganz.
Campos is expected to make a full recovery, and in about 6 months should be able to go back to work.
When asked if he would go back to splitting wood.
Campos answered, "No way."