'I was just shocked and frozen at the spot, until co-workers unplugged the machine and retrieved my hand and took me to the hospital,' he said of the accident, which took place last month in Changde, south-central China.
After being taken to a larger hospital in the region seven hours after the incident, doctors said they could re-attach the hand but not straightaway.
In order to stop the severed hand from dying, they grafted it to Mr Xiao's ankle, where it remained for a month before he had recovered from other injuries sustained in the accident to undergo re-attachment surgery.
Doctors are now hopeful that he will regain full function of his hand.
Severed hand attached to man's ankle.
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