Aiden Adkins, of Carson City, Michigan accidentally amputated his thumb with a miter saw while making a gift for his then-girlfriend.
Adkins said he didn’t notice right away when his woodworking project went horribly awry.
“It didn’t hurt at all, not even a little bit. I realized that what I had seen fly was not anything to do with the piece of wood. It actually was my thumb I had seen fly.”
Unfortunately for Aiden, the window of time in which surgeons would be able to reattach his thumb was rapidly ticking away—and he couldn’t find his thumb!
The detached digit had gone flying after being amputated by the saw, and was nowhere to be found by either Aiden or his family.
Needing to seek medical care to stop the bleeding and save the rest of his hand, Aiden gave up the search and went to the hospital. He ended up going without a thumb for 4 months.
In the end, he decided to undergo surgery to replace the lost digit so he could get back to his favorite activities like taxidermy, fishing and target shooting—all of which are easier with two thumbs.
On August 20th, he underwent surgery at the University of Michigan Hospital to remove his left index toe and attach it to where his thumb used to be.
Aiden shared photos and video of his hand and foot post-surgery back in August. His attitude was hopeful then, and has continued to be hopeful and determined throughout his recovery and subsequent therapy.