DELRAY BEACH (CBSMiami) — It’s being called a medical marvel. A south Florida doctor used a unique procedure to actually grow back a man’s finger that a horse bit off.
According to Dr. Eugenio Rodriguez, Paul Halpern, 33, arrived in Delray Beach with his finger in a zip lock bag. The insurance company wanted the rest of the finger amputated. However, a doctor wanted to try a unique procedure.
“This one right here, my index finger,” said Halpern.
Halpern was feeding his prized, hungry horse when it confused it for a cookie.
“After the treat it made a mistake. It’s a difficult horse and is had history using our training methods,” Halpern recalled.
The mistake cost him a third of his index finger. “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,” said Halpern.
On the way to the hospital, Paul put his fingertip on a popsicle, but it wasn’t enough to save the extremity.
Then, he heard about a Deerfield Beach doctor that might have a way to fix the finger.
“He really wanted to have his finger healed, and fast,” said Dr. Eugenio Rodriguez.
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