Monday, October 14, 2013
Delray Beach surgeon Dr. Eugenio Rodriguez regrew a man’s severed fingertip by applying a daily dose of pulverized pig bladder to the stump.
The tip of Paul Halbern’s index finger, which had been bit off by a horse, grew back within three months, without the use of surgery, stitches, or anesthesia. Rodriguez used a pig’s “extracellular matrix” to accomplish this feat and is now preparing a possible clinical research trial to use this material on compound fractures, one of the trauma field’s most difficult cases.
See Nicole Brochu, Delray Surgeon Regrows Man’s Severed Finger, Sun-Sentinel, Oct. 4, 2013.
Special thanks to David S. Luber (Florida Probate Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.