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Pig Tissue Helps Finger Tip 'Re-Grow'

When Paul Halpern’s hungry horse bit off the end of his index finger, he put the tip on a popsicle and rushed to the hospital.  His insurance company wanted the doctor to amputate the rest of Halpern’s finger, according to CBS Miami, but Dr. Eugenio Rodriguez of Deerfield Beach decided to try something else. He used bladder tissue from a pig to make a template of the missing tip and attached it to Halpern’s shortened finger. That encouraged the missing part of the finger to grow back, according to the doctor and patient.

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