DOCTORS at Son Dureta hospital yesterday confirmed that the operation to save the arm of the 46-year-old British surgeon seriously injured in Monday's water skiing accident had been successful. Hospital sources said last night that they had saved Andrew Lyons left arm and that he could move his fingers.
The hospital also said that he was in a stable condition but could not give out any more information.
His wife and ten-year-old son, who cut the engine just in time to save his father's life, were shying away from publicity, obviously distressed and concerned for the surgeon. The accident happened at 10am on Monday morning while the family were out skiing at the mouth to the Port of Andraitx where they are holidaying at a villa on the Mont Port development. As Mrs Lyons, who is French, turned the motor boat she apparently slipped and fell, losing control of the vessel, with Mr Lyons in its path, helpless in the water. As soon as he could, the ten-year-old son is said to have turned off the engine, but Mr Lyons by then had already suffered severe injuries to the left side of his body, hit by the propellor.A nearby Balearic University zodiac raced to the rescue, plucked the Briton out of the water and rushed him back to port where he was first treated by a local doctor then by paramedics who rushed him to hospital in Palma.

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