Another surgery scheduled today for 6-year-old boy

Jul. 13, 2013 @ 06:00 AM

Six-year-old Rylan White is doing well at Greenville Memorial Hospital — where he will undergo another surgery on his hand Saturday.

Rylan lost the fingers on his left hand when he apparently fell into a belt of a lawnmower his stepfather, Jeff Bly, was working on at their Sandy Mush home on Tuesday afternoon.

Rylan’s mother, Brittany Bly, said he was out of bed on Friday, playing and feeling pretty well.

The rising first grader at Forrest Hunt Elementary School was questioned about the accident after he woke up from surgery, his mother said.

According to Jeff Bly he was working on the lawnmower when Rylan came running by.

“He must have tripped and hit the wheel and stuck his arm out and was hit by the belt,” Brittany said from Rylan’s hospital room.

She said doctors are optimistic about his recovery and said he will not lose his arm. “The absolute worse, he might lose his hand,” she said, “but he’s doing well.”

Doctors have told the couple the earliest Rylan can be released from the hospital will be next Tuesday and the longest stay will be two weeks, depending on the surgeries and his recovery.

Anyone interested in sending Rylan or his parents a card can send it to: Rylan White, room 5620, Greenville Memorial Hospital, 701 Grove Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605.

Assisting at the residence Tuesday were Rutherford County EMS, Sandy Mush firefighters and Regional One.