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Can a severed limb be reattached?

In some cases, it is possible to reattach a limb. If you suffer a severed limb, be sure to rinse off the detached body part, wrap it in a moist cloth and store it in a sealed plastic bag. Then, place the sealed plastic bag into ice water and transport it to the hospital. If you do this, the limb should remain viable for approximately 18 hours.

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