People cannot boast of impressive regenerative
abilities. We are not able to recover lost limbs
and organs, even the torn out sick teeth do not grow back with us.
However, few people know that, having lost the first phalanx of a finger,
a person can easily grow it if he doesn’t get to
illiterate doctor. Take a look at the above picture –
hard to believe that this finger was once cut off
How medical error helped medicine
Unfortunately, until the early 70s of the last century, medicine
knew about this curious property of the human body. If a
a person lost part of a finger, he either had a wound covered up with a rag
skin, or sewn torn phalanx microsurgical by. AT
in the first case a stump formed, and in the second – after the operation
a finger deformity appeared due to a scar and decreased significantly
tactile sensitivity until its complete disappearance.
To comprehend the truth to doctors, oddly enough, allowed the usual
medical error. AT 1971 году к английскому хирургу Синтии
Illingworth hit a teenager who had to amputate the tip
index finger. Illingworth did not sew up the educated
wound, but only treated it with an antiseptic and slightly bandaged.
A few months later, the boy’s parents called the woman and
thanked her for completely restoring their son
finger, although they did not understand how this is possible: the guy because
amputated all its part with a fingernail.
Nor did Illingworth herself understand. Re-meeting with his
as a young patient, she was surprised to find that
the teenager really lost the part of his finger.
It was then that the doctor realized that the fingertips are easily regenerated.
in person. The surgeon stopped interfering with the natural course of things, and
In 1974, she documented 176 cases of regrowth in children.
younger than 11 years old fingertips. Naturally, Illingworth notify
about the discovery of his colleagues, and very soon sew up wounds in case of loss
The first phalanx of the finger ceased worldwide.
New phalanx is not worse than the old
Clinical studies have shown that with the loss of a fingertip
it recovers within about 3 months, however
this applies only to the upper phalanx. Border between full
the growth and absence of any regeneration is extremely clear,
without intermediate zone. Let’s say if a person loses the first phalanx
and part two, the missing part no longer grows. But at
partial loss of the upper phalanx competent doctor amputates
the patient the rest so that the fingertip grows to the maximum
even. Prerequisite: the wound must be open.
Lost fingertip recovers, usually with
an excellent nail that will also grow faster than others
nails and possess increased hardness. Fingerprints remain
the same (also a very interesting phenomenon, especially for
criminologists), as well as sensitivity. No scar not
remains. Initially, medicine assumed that
only children are able to regenerate, but further research
have shown that this phenomenon can be observed in people of all