Fin­ger thrown in the rub­bish

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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