SBU doctors reattach Ken Klapak's hands after horrific workplace accident

Doctors at Stony Brook University Medical Center were able to reattach a man's hands after a horrific workplace accident. Ken Klapak, a sheet metal worker, nearly lost both of his hands on May 16

News 12 Staff

May 30, 2013, 4:54 PM

Updated 4,016 days ago

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SBU doctors reattach Ken Klapak's hands after horrific workplace accident

Doctors at Stony Brook University Medical Center were able to reattach a man's hands after a horrific workplace accident.

Ken Klapak, a sheet metal worker, nearly lost both of his hands on May 16 when the blade of a piece of heavy machinery came down. The blade severed both hands with the exception of a few tendons.

The 53-year-old Staten Island resident was airlifted to Stony Brook, where it took doctors eight hours to reattach his hands. When Klapak woke up the next day, he was able to wiggle his fingers.

Doctors say Klapak will have to undergo more surgeries and physical therapy, but that his prognosis is good.


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