Teen Recovers after Nearly Losing Hand in Tug-Of-War Accident

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Parker, Colo. (AP) 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 and Mitch Helfer both had their right hands partially severed in the tug-of-war in October in Parker.

Barrett says his right hand was bleeding and numb. He says the accident mangled his hand muscles, severed 90 percent of the nerves and snapped three bones in half.

The accident set the 11th grader back nearly a semester in school work, but he is playing video games again and catching up on homework.