Johny Andersen is my niece’s partner. They have recently had a new baby (last month).
His accident late last year will be featured on Code: 1 on TV1 at 8.00pm this Monday (31 July).
There is also an article about Johny and Wendy in the Woman’s Day July 24 2017 pp 36-37.
Johny Andersen is a woodworker.
He loves his craft, friends say, and was counting on it to provide a future for he and his expanding family – his partner is pregnant with their first child.
But on December 29 at Thames Timber, the 32-year-old’s life as he knew it changed when he lost most of his right hand in an industrial wood planer.
He was flown to Waikato Hospital with critical injuries, but surgeons were unable to save the hand.
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“Johny had a horrific accident at work where his right hand was severed by an industrial planer,” his friend Sam Godfrey said on a Givealittle page set up to help Andersen in his recovery.
“He was rushed to Waikato Hospital where he underwent surgery; unfortunately, they were unable to save his hand – that being his right, the one he uses for everything.
“Late last week they had to amputate it, which has now left him with only his left hand.”
Rescue staff from the Auckland-Coromandel Westpac Rescue Helicopter said the man had reached into the machine to adjust something when his hand became caught.
Workmates wrapped the man’s hand in tea towels to stem the bleeding before rescue staff arrived. The rescuers tied a tourniquet.
In his post on Givealittle, Godfrey said he had set up the fund-raising page “as words are words and there’s only so much of them that can be said”.
“What’s important is his future for him, his partner and his baby that’s about to come soon.
“He has many friends from all over the place, so I thought we could all come together and help him out, as I know he would do the same if it was one of us in his position.
“He’s 32 years old and has his first baby on the way. The one thing I remember him saying of all things was how much he was looking forward to being a dad and holding his baby for the first time.”
Godfrey said Andersen was facing multiple surgeries to help him manage his loss of a hand.
“He’s one of the most committed people I’ve ever met when it comes to working. Due to this unfortunate accident, he will now be limited to do what he loves best.
“One thing he loves best is his fishing.
“I hope people can find a bit of time to consider these circumstances and help me help him out for his future and his future family – thank you in advance to everyone who can help.”
At the time of the accident, rescue helicopter crewman Aaron Knight said the man was “in good spirits and even able to crack a few jokes on the flight to hospital”.
WorkSafe is investigating.