Man’s big toe ends up replacing his thumb

A man lost his thumb when a cow trampled over him and crushed his hand against a gate.  So doctors suggested using his big toe to fill the lost finger.

Zac Mitchell, 20, was working on a secluded cattle farm in Australia when the incident took place. Mitchell was in complete shock when he got up and found his thumb still hanging on the gate.

Zac was rushed to a hospital in Perth, Western Australia. But after two failed attempts to reattach his thumb he was airlifted to Sydney Hospital’s specialist hand unit in New South Wales.

Zac insisted to replace his thumb with a prosthetic one, but after discussions with doctors they all concluded that the best option was to use his big toe.

Zac told ABC News: “The surgeon explained that [a prosthetic thumb] was pretty pointless and useless in a way, so he talked me into getting my toe put on as sort of my last option.”

Dr. Sean Nicklin, who performed the surgery, explained that the big toe has similar characteristics to a thumb. He said, “You can connect the nerves and get good sensation, you can get the tendons, you can get the movement.”

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