WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington doctors performed a four-hour long surgery earlier this week, in hopes of saving the hand of a 12-year-old boy, who was injured trying to help his sister after the earthquake shook Haiti.
As the bandages unraveled, Carlen Delfils saw his hand for the first time Thursday, two days after an operation that hopefully saved it.
Dr. Craig Rineer and Dr. Bill Sutton took the four-hour challenge, piecing nerves, bone, and tendons back together to repair what the earthquake crushed.
While there is still a long road of recovery and rehab ahead, the surgery was a success. A hand that would have been amputated in Haiti is in one piece, thousands of miles away, making Carlens and his family very happy.
"The Lord loves me and he put people in my path who are loving and people who really helped me to take care of my son," said Carlens' father Octavious Delfils, holding back tears. "We really - we do not have any words to thank them."
The doctors aren't taking the credit for Carlens' hand, Dr. Sutton said they just helped put it back together and that God heals.
It will take about six weeks for the tendons in Carlens' hand to repair themselves, but he should have almost full use of it once it heals.
The Wilmington Orthopaedic Group has set up a fund for Carlens Delfils and his family. The fund is through RBC Bank. Anyone interested in donating can stop by any RBC location or call (910) 772-8800.