Thumb-thing funny about me big toe!

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A MAN who ac­ci­den­tally cut off his thumb has had his BIG TOE sliced off and put in its place.

James Byrne, 29, ( above) sev­ered the thumb on his left hand while saw­ing through a piece of wood.

Sur­geons couldn’t re-at­tach it so de­cided to try a rev­o­lu­tion­ary tech­nique to trans­plant the big toe from his left foot on to his hand.

Paver Mr Byrne, from Bris­tol, said: “The sur­geon at Fren­chay Hos­pi­tal told me ‘You will have a thumb even if I have to take your toe’.

“I thought he was jok­ing, but he was ab­so­lutely se­ri­ous and nine months later, here it is!

“The look of it doesn’t bother me, I’m just happy it works.

“My job as a paver would have been de­stroyed with­out the use of my hand be­cause I couldn’t pick up a brick with­out use of a thumb.

“Now I’m hop­ing to be be back at work in a few months.”

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