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Hayes' mother, Karen, adjusts Matthew's sling that he is required to wear to immobilize his
injured arm during the healing process. Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-04-10 10:04:17
Last modified: 2013-04-10 10:05:51

Healing Hayes

Jamie Shell / (

"I'm glad to be alive."
That was the sentiment of Cranberry Middle School eighth-grade student Matthew Hayes in his first interview since suffering damage from a significant cut to his right arm in an accident on Tuesday, April 2, at historic Cranberry High School. Hayes injured his arm midday April 2 while unloading sheet metal for a new roof for the school system's baseball/softball dugouts.

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