Finger thrown in the rubbish
A NEW Zealand woman is upset after a surgeon threw her son’s amputated finger in the rubbish. Donna Moke said her son Kereopa, 19, severely damaged his right index finger while trying to clear grass from a lawnmower. Both signed a release form before surgery, requesting the return of his amputated finger so it could be blessed and buried. The doctor who did the surgery did not read his patient’s notes and threw away the finger. To Maori the body is sacred and body parts must be buried appropriately.