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Parents pray for saw victim.

A tree surgeon who suffered horrific injuries in a chainsaw accident had further surgery to save his arm yesterday.

Darren Robertson, 33, of Ryedale, Wallsend, North Tyneside, was left hanging from a pine tree 20ft above the ground after the saw severed the artery in his left arm.

He passed out and was trapped up the tree for five minutes before being rescued by the owner of the house on Hillary Avenue, Forest Hall, North Tyneside.

Last night, Mr Robertson's parents were at his bedside at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, awaiting the results of surgery to reconnect the arteries in his left arm.

His mother Caroline said: "He is still seriously ill, but stable. The surgeons have removed arteries from his leg to replace those in his left arm, which were severed by the chainsaw.

"It is a delicate operation and we are just praying he is able to make a full recovery."

Mr Robertson's father, Derek, a retired welder, said: "It will be a tragedy if he cannot use his arm again because of a freak accident."

The accident happened on Tuesday morning.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2006
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