Teen in Recovery After Arm was Reattached in Rare Surgery

By Steph Machado

Published 05/21 2014 04:41AM

Updated 05/21 2014 08:08AM

MASSENA, N.Y. - Brett Bouchard is your average 17-year-old from Northern New York.

"I like to hunt, fish, I'm a really outdoor person," He said. "I like to ride 4-wheelers, snowmobile."

Except for the fact that he recently had his arm reattached at a Boston hospital.

"They're the great surgeons in the world," he told us via Skype from his hospital bed, right before being discharged from Mass General. "They saved my life."

Last month, Bouchard was working at Violi's restaurant in Massena making pasta, when the pasta machine ripped off his right arm. He was airlifted to Boston, and underwent 40 hours of surgery to reattach it.

"First 10 to 12 days, I was out on a ventilator," he said. He's doing much better now, awake and alert. He'll have to stick around in Boston for about a month, visiting the hospital several times a week. There's still a long journey ahead before he'll be riding 4-wheelers again.

"In about 4 to 8 months I'll have a tendon transplant, and then hopefully after that I can get some use out of my arm," he said.

The next step is to pay for Brett's towering medical bills. His family has set up a fundraising page where people can donate. Brett says the support has already been overwhelming.

"I've even had strangers visit me," he said.

All of them amazed, and grateful, for what he calls a "miracle."

"It really is a miracle. It really is. I mean, I can't believe it."

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