Man Loses Thumb, Has Replaced With Big Toe

December 5, 2011


2012 Thumb-Wresting World Champion -- I'm calling it.

This is James Byrne. PSYCHE -- it's just his hands. James lost his left thumb in a carpentry accident, and, after a botched attempt to reattach it, had it replaced with a big toe and NOT a lucky rabbit's foot despite that being the logical choice. Think of the lottery scratchers, bro!

Apparently, James' thumb was vital for his work, paver and plant operator, so the answer was easy for him.

The operation was a success, although he still can't fully move the thumb naturally: "I can't bend it yet but I hope to be able to do so soon. It rotates and I can give it a good wiggle. I am so, so pleased that I had it done. It is just such a relief that I'll be able to get back to work soon." He would have to return to surgery to remove the wires that currently secure the bones in place, but otherwise everything seems perfectly fine.

Fascinating, really. Can anyone tell me what those tattoos mean? Because my guess is not "safety first." Also, if James gives a movie two thumbs up is it more meaningful than if a regular person does?

This Man Had His Thumb Replaced By His Toe [gizmodo]

Thanks to Chase, who's never cut off a finger before but did cut off a lady in a Volvo once and got honked at.

  • Nicholas J Donalds


  • Jan Kownacki

    seems legit...

  • Guest

    hrm...this is quite a common procedure for loosing a digit, so I suppose custom gloves are possible/easier to obtain.

  • Alan Watson

    This guy will dominate thumb war!

  • I've seen this shit years ago. Nothing new.

  • Wow!  Not a single Seinfeld reference either in the article or the comments!!?  Am I really getting that old!?

  • MorningPanda

    I wonder if he sucks his thumbs...

  • Baaaaaaaarrrrrrrffffffffffff.

  • he looks like a goddamn ogre

  • No one can call him all thumbs.....

  • Haha, using the controller will be a field day

  • Anyone see the episode of Fantasy Factory where they went shark swimming?      "Toe thumb or no thumb."

  • Anyone else notice the link to Gizmodo redirects to this page? Looks like someone (who will go nameless) is up to some tricky business. But you aren't fooling me. No, sir.

  • One thing to note about GW: If it's not on Gizmodo, then he doesn't have an article.

  • Neil Dattani

    if he has a foot fetish, he may need a new appendage "reattached"

  • But isn't the big toe vital for keeping balance? (or maybe I'm making things up) So, now he has a gross finger/toe (tonger) and a limp. Should have just gone the way of prosthetic like Skywalker

  • Vital, no. Important, very. Unless he enjoys distance running or standing on one leg I can't image it'll be too much of a handicap seeing as he can just shift the weight to the outside of his foot. Sure will look awkward when he takes off his shoes to get in the pool during the summer, though.

  • Good to know. Well, I enjoy both those things so I'll keep my toes where they are.

  • $15762351

    Whoopty fuckin' do. This is not at all an uncommon procedure. I met a guy - a violinist, in fact - who went through the same thing fully 25 years ago.

  • Ivan? the guy from the swing shift?

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