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Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing 26 Aug 2018 Surgeons perform pio ...

Surgeons perform pioneering surgery on woman who lost her thumb

Published Aug 26, 2018, 4:52 pm IST
Updated Aug 26, 2018, 4:52 pm IST
They replaced her thumb with her ring finger that had to be amputated anyway.
Surgeons perform pioneering surgery on woman who lost her thumb. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Surgeons perform pioneering surgery on woman who lost her thumb. (Photo: Pixabay)

Surgeons replace a woman who lost her thumb with her ring finger, the Daily Mail reported.

51-year-old Helen Banham lost her right thumb while attempting to fish out an empty bottle from a milk bottling machine.


Her husband David rushed her to the hospital while she wrapped her hand in towels to stop the bleeding.

There Banham, a farmer from Skegness, Lincolnshire, had to learn to live without her thumb.

A while later, doctors who had to amputate her ring finger decided to replace the thumb finger with it.

"Two months after the accident the team at the hand unit suggested that we try and recycle my ring finger, as it needed to be amputated anyway, and use the tip to rebuild my thumb," Banham is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

With the success of the surgery, Banham has made a full recovery. She has sold her cows and works on another farm as a manager.

She is sharing her story because she wants to let people know of the wonderful work the doctors did on her.

"I can't thank the team at Pulvertaft Hand Unit enough, their expertise and care was amazing," she said.