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Australian man's thumb surgically replaced by toe

Press Trust of India  |  Melbourne 

A cattle worker in has had his big toe surgically removed and attached to his hand after his thumb was severed in an accident.

Zac Mitchell, a cattle worker was injured while working on a remote farming property in Western

"A bull kicked my hand into the fence," Mitchell said.

Mitchell's fellow workers attempted to preserve the thumb immediately after the accident by putting it in a cooler with some ice but were unable to save it.

The 20-year-old underwent two unsuccessful operations to reattach his thumb before doctors from Sydney Eye Hospital in opted to relocate his big toe in surgery which lasted eight hours, 'BBC News' reported.

Despite initial reluctance, the cattle worker agreed to the transplant operation.

"It is a bit of a crazy idea - the patients do not want to be injured in another part of their body," said Sean Nicklin, lead plastic surgeon at Sydney Eye Hospital.

"However, even if you have got four good fingers, if you do not have something to pinch against them, your hand has lost a huge amount of its function," Nicklin said.

It is rare to transplant a complete toe, like in Mitchell's case, although partial toe relocations were more common, the hospital said.

"A lot of people think their balance and walking is going to be significantly affected which it generally is not," Nicklin said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, July 13 2017. 16:32 IST