I wrote about a guy whose class ring caught the edge of his OCA when he slipped during a boat rescue.
Yes, indeed, his ring finger was peeled like a banana. After being evacuated from the Gauley, he was given a choice. They could remove the ring finger entirely, back to the wrist, and leave him with a Homer Simpson hand.
Or, they could attach his hand to his groin so skin tissue could grow over the finger.
He chose number 2. Possibly a big mistake, because paddlers in his circle made countless jokes about how his hand was peeking out of his fly, and the stages of tissue manipulation were painful.
Eventually he ended up with a really ugly ring finger. But it was functional, sort of.
Do not wear your ring on the river, or while operating heavy machinery. A ring evulsion injury is an ugly thing to endure.
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