Dr. Eugenio Rodriguez has reportedly used an unusual procedure to regrow a man’s finger.
Paul Halpern came to Dr. Rodriguez's office with his finger in a zip lock bag, after it had been bitten off by a horse that he was feeding.
“After the treat it made a mistake. It’s a difficult horse and is had history using our training methods. One of the guys that worked with me reached his hand in the horse’s mouth, took the fingertip out, and I jumped in the car, grabbed the rest of my finger wondering what we should do,” Halpern told CBS Miami (video below).
Paul took part of his finger to a local hospital, but doctors could not save the digit. However, he was told about a doctor in Deerfield Beach, Florida who might be able to help him.
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Halpern's concerned insurance company wanted the rest of his finger amputated, but Dr. Rodriguez tried an unique procedure.
Dr. Rodriguez made a template of Halpern’s finger with the bladder tissue of a pig and attached it to what was left of the finger. Amazingly, the finger’s cells, bone, tissue and nail grew into the bladder tissue.
“It’s very interesting to see a patient heal. That’s my passion, wound healing. It is fascinating to have the new results," stated Dr. Rodriguez.
“I’m really grateful. I think it’s fantastic. I think in the future there’s going to be other uses for it but it wasn’t a life threatening injury to me it was something that was an accident,” said Halpern.
Source: CBS Miami