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.Short version; a mean horse bit off the tip of his finger. Horses are evil.
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.
Using the bladder tissue of a pig, Dr. Rodriguez made a template of Halpern’s finger and attached it to what was left.That's a cool result. Who would have thought if you just provided a template of the proper shape, and a nice safe neutral surface to grow on, the body would produce the variety of proper cells necessary to fill it in, and connect it all up. Next up, a whole leg...
The result was astounding.
The finger’s cells, bone, soft tissue, even nail grew 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,” said Dr. Rodriguez.
It’s a procedure both Dr. Rodriguez and Halpern agree could pave the road for other more complex injuries.