Australian golfing legend Greg Norman nearly lost his left hand in an accident while using a chainsaw on Saturday.
He posted the above photo of himself in a hospital bed on his Instagram account with the caption, “Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected. I was one lucky man today. Damaged, but not down & out. Still have left hand.”
Norman was cutting trees in his South Florida home when the incident occurred. According to the AP, the weight of a branch pulled his left hand back toward the chainsaw. The blade hit him just below where a person would be wearing a watch. Doctors told Norman the saw missed an artery by a fraction of an inch.
He endured surgery to repair nerve damage, but sustained no muscular harm.
“Thank God the blade wasn’t running full speed or it would have taken my hand off,” Norman told the AP. “I handled everything as calmly as I could. There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am.”
Weirdly, a week ago, Norman posted another photo on Instagram of him standing next to a tree holding a chainsaw with the caption, “Time to trim the sea grapes today. Never ask someone to do something that you can do yourself. Love to work!”
The two-time major champion told the AP that the accident wouldn’t prevent him from using a chainsaw in the future.
“When I’m on a ranch, I love to run the bulldozer, the grader, whatever,” he said via the AP. “I like doing stuff. I never ask anybody to do that for me if I can do it myself.”
Norman posted another Instagram on Sunday morning standing shirtless in front of the tree while giving a thumbs-up with his right hand. His injured left hand was wrapped up and protected by a large pink foam brace.
He wrote, “Thank u all for your concern & good wishes. All well the morning after the accident. Here I am at the scene of the crime w/ my new fashion statement!”
Norman said he’d have to keep the foam on his hand for a few days, and then he’d have to put it in a sling for a few weeks before starting rehab.
“There’s a little tingling in my fingers, which is better than no fingers at all,” he said.
Well, good news that Norman didn’t endure any permanent damage. Wishing him a speedy recovery!