A doctor in South Florida claims that he was able to grow back a man’s finger after a horse bit it off using a procedure that some might find a little unorthodox.
Paul Halpern, 33, sought out the help of Dr. Eugenio Rodriguez after his prized horse mistook his index finger for a cookie. “After the treat it made a mistake. It’s a difficult horse and it had history using our training methods,” Halpern said. “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.”
Doctors weren’t initially able to save his finger, so Halpern sought out the help of Rodriguez.
The doctor said that he could get the finger to grow back without any surgery or amputation. “He really wanted to have his finger healed, and fast,” Rodriguez said. “This is something, that there actually is no experience into this.”
Dr. Rodriguez made a template of Halpern’s finger using the bladder tissue of a pig and attached it to what was left the displaced digit. Amazingly, the cells, bone, soft tissue and nail of the finger began growing into the mold. “It’s very interesting to see a patient heal. That’s my passion, wound healing. It is fascinating to have the new results,” Rodriguez said.
“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,” Halpern said.
According to Rodriguez, it will take nine to 12 weeks for Halpern to make a full recovery, CBS Local reported.
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