ST. GEORGE — On Jan. 6, the life of a former Dixie High School football player with aspirations to play in college changed dramatically when his hand was severed in a work accident.
Nate Mahi, an employee of a St. George cabinet shop located in the industrial area near Commerce Drive, severed his right hand – all but his pinky finger – with a saw he was operating.
Nate Mahi’s quick thinking coworkers were able to recover the severed hand and put it on ice as well as drive him safely to the hospital before he lost too much blood.
His parents, Nephi and Norma Mahi, credit his coworkers with saving their son’s hand and quite possibly his life.
At the hospital, because the severed hand appeared to be in good condition, the decision was made to transfer him via Intermountain Life Flight to a team of specialists at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nephi Mahi said.
It is a major blow to the former high school football player whose future goal was to play in college.