20-year old Zac Mitchell an amazing bull rider professional from North Western Australia lost his thumb in one such event however he did not give up! He had this big toe from his foot replaced with his thumb.
Zac Mitchell always knew about the pros and cons of his profession.During one such day while Mitchell was riding he was thrown down and got kicked up by the bull.The kick was so powerful that it ripped off the entire thumb.He even recollects that the thumb was hanging on the rail when he got off the ground.At first Mitchell was shocked when he realized what had happened.He then quickly took his thumb from his mate and put it in a bag and kept it with cold beers.
“My boss strapped my hand up, [we] got in the car and started driving back to Halls Creek.”, Mitchell recollects.
Zac Mitchell was from Sophie Downs Station which is approx 700 kilometers from south-west of Darwin.The nearest town was 150 Kilometers away.Mitchell said after the incident that this was the “worst pain” he had ever experienced in this entire life.It took them roughly around five hours to reach Perth with the help of Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The doctors and surgeon at Perth tired to reattach his thumbs twice however their attempts were not successful.After the two attempts Mitchell flew back home and then went to Sydney Hospital’s specialist hand unit. “The surgeon explained that [a prosthetic thumb] was pretty pointless and useless in a way, so he talked me into getting my toe put on as sort of my last option.” he said.Plastic surgeon, Dr.Sean Nicklin at Sydney Hospital’s specialist hand unit said that there many ways to “make a thumb” however the best and ideal is to replace it with the big toe.
And soon the surgery was performed.And all went and it turns out to be successful!
The doctor were impressed and appreciated the way Mitchell handled the situation and he was very clam and patient. “He’s really taken it all in his stride, he’s coped with a pretty catastrophic injury incredibly well which is incredible for a 20-year-old really,” Dr Nicklin said.
Surgeries and procedures like this have become common these days due to advance technology and advance medical research.
Now Zac Mitchell has returned back to riding professional and he happy with toe-thumb!