After unsuccessfully trying to reattach a sawed off thumb of a 29-year old man, doctors in Britain have used the big toe of his foot instead.
James Byrne cut off his thumb in December last year after trying to saw a piece of wood. Doctors at Bristol's Frenchay Hospital tried to reattach the thumb but without any success. The plastic surgeon at the hospital, Dr Umraz Khan then successfully attached the big toe of his left foot.
AdvertisementDr Khan said that while Byrne may experience some short term problem due to the loss of his toe, they said that it was important to the functionality of his thumb since it is the most important finger in the hand.
Stating that he has no complaints regards to the surgery, Byrne said, "The aesthetics of it don't bother me, I am just happy that it works, my work as a paver would have been destroyed without the use of my hand because I couldn't pick up a brick without a thumb but now I hope I can be back at work in a few months."