Over the next eleven hours DaSilva and a team of surgeons at Providence's Hasbro Children's Hospital - including Sean Griggs, a clinical instructor of orthopedics, and three Brown Medical School residents - reconnected the bone and sewed together the tendons, veins, arteries, and nerves in the boy's hand and arm. Although the boy will need extensive physical therapy, DaSilva says he should eventually regain nearly full use of the hand.
DaSilva, who later explained the operation on CNN and the Today show, says he's pleased by the attention the operation has received even though he regularly performs more complicated procedures. "By bringing this out in the news," he says, "parents may say, 'Wow. This could happen to my child. I better not let my child near this kind of machinery.'"