Thursday, 13 July 2017 10:06

MAN'S THUMB REPLACED WITH TOE.

 

An Australian cattle worker whose thumb was severed by a bull has had his toe surgically transplanted in its position.

An Australian cattle worker whose thumb was severed by a bull has had his toe surgically transplanted in its position.

Zac Mitchell, 20, was injured in April while working on a remote farming property in Western Australia.

"A bull kicked my hand into the fence," Mr Mitchell said of the incident.

He underwent two unsuccessful operations to reattach his thumb before doctors opted to relocate his big toe in surgery lasting eight hours.

Mr Mitchell said fellow workers had attempted to preserve his thumb immediately after the accident.

Lead plastic surgeon Dr Sean Nicklin said he was not surprised it took time to accept.

Mr Mitchell will need more than 12 months of rehabilitation, but he plans to return to farm work.

 

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