"I was involved in an accident that pulled four fingers off my right hand," said Thornton. Amazingly, doctors were able to transplant two of Thornton's toes -- one from each foot -- onto his hand. As for his index finger, Thornton has a leech to thank.More pictures you may not want to look at here...
"She went out, got the leech," said Thornton. "She put it on my finger, left it there for about 40 minutes, and the finger bled from the tip for two days after that."
Microsurgeon Greg Buncke said that the leeches are, in their own way, exceptional. "They're not the typical leeches you get out of a lake," said Buncke. "They are bred specifically for medical use. You use the leech to actually help drain the blood out of the finger," said Buncke. "Actually the leech has in its saliva some anticoagulant called herudin that helps with the blood flow in the finger."
Buncke said that he keep the leeches hungry so that they're always ready to go to work.
Ironworker's Fingers Replaced With Toes: Leeches Used In Surgery
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Doctor comes up with titanium breast implants:
A German-based doctor has invented breast implants made from titanium. Ziya Saylan, who's originally from Argentina, runs a practice in Dusseldorf. Saylan uses a fine titanium mesh he claims will stop breasts from sagging.
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Sunday we had our third film shoot here: a short film by Shannon Estes entitled "What Ever Happened to the Zombie Killers?" It featured zombies, synchronized dancing, chainsaws, braaaaains, and lots and lots of blood. It was great fun to watch. The other movies that have been shot here didn't feature nearly so many zombies. Or even chainsaws. None, actually.
Zombies are really up-and-coming these days. Zombies, I am told, are the new pirates.
Did I take photos? Why yes, yes I did.
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