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January 29, 2013

Two minutes to live

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“The response to what happened was very quick, and that’s pretty much what saved my life,” Barron said. “They were prepared, they came out and they were heroes.”

Doctors at Children’s Hospital told Barron and his father, Scott Barron, that the severed artery would have given him two minutes to live if nothing had been done.

But Martin’s quick response and the pressure she and others applied to Brady Barron’s wrist helped stop the bleeding. Doctors at Children’s found the cut artery clotted.

And the cause of the injury actually made it easier to repair. The Barrons said doctors at Children’s were able to easily repair the tendons and nerves because the cut was clean and at a 90-degree angle. An iced, wet stainless steel blade reduced the risk of infection. He was home in days, with a cast keeping his wrist bent, and back in school yesterday.

Barron, a busy teenager with a girlfriend who has played soccer, hockey, lacrosse and baseball, and is the drummer in the local band Silent Stories with a new single, has a little more than two weeks of healing before starting a painful and difficult rehabilitation. It will be six to nine months before much of the lost feeling in his hand returns. But his doctors are hopeful he will not need another surgery.

Scott Barron is optimistic – “You’ll play next year. Positives,” he said yesterday – but both acknowledged they would have to make decisions about whether and what activities to restart as Brady’s recovery progresses.

The Barrons said a Methuen community they are just getting to know came out for them. A recent transfer into Methuen, Brady Barron has received visits from the hockey team. Principal James Giuca called the family. Students Brady did not know asked him how he was doing. On Twitter Jan. 14, #prayforbrady trended that evening as dozens of students said they were thinking of him.

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