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Teens recover after nearly losing hands in tug-of-war

PARKER, Colorado ” A teen whose right hand was partially severed during a tug-of-war at a high school pep rally is playing the flute again and doing better than doctors expected, six months after the accident.

Henry Barrett is one of two teens injured in the tug-of-war in October.

Barrett said he remembered hearing a “snap” and realizing almost immediately his right hand was bleeding and numb.

“It turned the muscles into hamburgers and severed 90 percent of the nerves. What wasn’t severed was severely traumatized. Three bones were snapped clean in half,” said Barrett.

The accident set the 11th grader back nearly a semester in school work, but he is playing video games again and is using his right hand to do homework.

Mitch Helfer also nearly lost his hand in the tug-of-war. He said he is aiming to play football for his team again before his high school career ends.

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