Severed arm reattached to woman in MRT accident


Posted at Nov 15 2017 07:10 AM | Updated as of Nov 15 2017 02:39 PM

MANILA - Surgeons on Wednesday reattached the arm of a woman, some 12 hours after it was severed in a freak accident at the MRT-3, a transportation official said.

Angeline Fernando, a 24-year-old senior quality engineer, is under observation at the Makati Medical Center after the procedure, transportation undersecretary Cesar Chavez said.

"Angeline's arm is reconnected to her body. The bone, the nerve and vessels are reconnected," Chavez said, adding he promised financial assistance for Fernando.

Fernando experienced a dizzy spell after getting off at the MRT-Ayala Station northbound platform at around 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, causing her to fall into the track.

The woman's right arm got caught in a "coupler" or link between two trains.

Chavez said Fernando's mother, Gloria, told him her daughter gets lightheaded around many people.

"Lumalabas siya minsan sa simbahan pag nagsisimba kami kasi nahihirapan siya huminga pag maraming tao," Chavez recalled the mother as telling him.

(She would sometimes step out of church when we hear mass because she can't breathe around many people.)

A close friend of Angeline also shared to Chavez that the victim was rushed to a hospital one time after almost fainting.