A newly-married ex-soldier tore off his finger after his wedding ring was caught on a fence when he jumped over it – despite surviving travels through Afghanistan and Iraq.
Paul Biggs, 33, had jumped off a 6 & # 39; 6 & # 39; fence and claimed that he only realized that his wedding ring was caught when he noticed that his ring finger was still on the barrier.
The fourfather claims that it was the first time he took his ring since he got married on December 24 – but found that he was the target of jokes from friends who teased him and gave him an excuse not to wear it.
After he had torn away the skin, nail and the top of his finger on March 31, Mr. Biggs placed the broken-up finger in an empty plastic container of Mr. Kipling Angel Slice and drove himself to the hospital.
Paul Biggs with his bandage injury after his ring finger was de-gloved when his wedding ring was caught on a fence
But doctors were unable to reattach the tip and instead cut off the protruding bone, leaving him with only a 1 cm stump on his left – and an explanation for the new woman Leonie Biggs, 32.
The former infantryman, who now jokes & # 39; Homer Simpson & # 39; is called by friends [because the cartoon also has four fingers], is now considering a & # 39; ring & # 39; to have a tattoo or to wear his badly bent wedding ring on his right hand after the accident.
Mr. Biggs, from Runcorn in Cheshire, said: & I was in the army, so I went to Iraq, I went to Afghanistan and came back without being shot or wounded.
& # 39; Now I am back to work in the UK and lost my finger in a stupid accident. The irony of it is hilarious.
& # 39; My wife was not happy when she saw it. It was mixed feelings for her – she was angry that I had done it and sorry it was that finger too.
While driving to the hospital himself, Mr Biggs even took a picture of his bloody hand and now he missed part of a finger
Unable to wear his wedding ring Mr. Biggs is considering getting a ring tattoo on what is left of the finger
& # 39; I think she was a little more upset [because it was my wedding ring] also.
& # 39; My wife is probably worse than myself. It is difficult for her because we are newly married.
& # 39; I only have a little bit left of my finger. I can't wear my wedding ring now. That's the only thing that upset me because I never took it – not even for the dishes.
& # 39; My friends are all joking about me not wanting to wear the ring, to which I reply that I have never done it.
& # 39; I have been called Homer Simpson a lot and also got some discount on some purchases due to a & # 39; four-finger discount & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I found the wedding ring, but it is all bent. I will not climb over more fences.
& # 39; Maybe I get a tattoo instead. If I could get a tattoo around the base of my finger, that would be great. I don't want to wear the ring on my other finger, but if necessary, I'll do it. & # 39;
Mr. Biggs claimed that he was forced to climb the high gate to pick up a package from a friend who had not been there to let him in through the gate.
He hadn't realized that his ring was getting stuck at the top of the fence – and only realized that he had torn off part of his finger when he jumped down and saw the blood dripping down his arm.
Mr Biggs & # 39; deformed wedding ring after being caught with his finger on the fence
Now that he is waiting for his previous finger to heal, the father still gets sensations as if his fingertip was still there.
Mr. Biggs, who now works as an account manager, said: & I was climbing over a fence to get a package from a friend's company close to us.
& # 39; The gate was locked, so I climbed over the fence to get in, grabbed my things and then climbed back over the fence.
& # 39; As soon as I turned around and jumped off the fence, my ring on the top got trapped and tore my whole skin away. I first saw the blood on the floor and it dripped down my arm.
The fourfather claims he got stuck on the fence when he was the first time he took his ring since he got married on December 24 – but he found himself the target of jokes from friends who teased him and gave him an excuse for not to wear it
& # 39; I didn't even know I had done it until I looked up and realized that my finger was still on top.
& # 39;[The doctors] called it degloving. I released my finger. It's just like when you take off a glove – that's what happened to my skin. It has all been torn away.
& # 39; Everything was still at the top of the fence – my finger, my nail, everything … It was just sitting there at the top of the fence, it was weird.
& # 39; It was really painful, and it is still fair to be honest. I took one photo when I was also in the car, which I sent to the boss.
Unable to find a suitable sterile container for his severed finger on the trip to the hospital, Mr. Biggs opened an angel packet from Mr. Kipling and removed the cake by replacing it with his finger.
He said: & # 39; I took the cake out, wiped it in the plastic chisel to get it all nice and sterile and put my finger in it.
& # 39; I had nothing to cover my finger with when I drove to the hospital.
& # 39; They couldn't do anything with it, so they told me I would lose my finger.
For the ill-fated fence that Mr Biggs' wedding ring finger claimed
In an attempt to remove what was left of Mr. Biggs, doctors cut off the remaining finger and left a clean stump.
Mr. Biggs said: & # 39; They have shortened everything. They told me that I had a good bone density, but I said it was not good to tell me that you have now taken my finger, but it is nice to know that I have good bones.
& # 39; It's a bit weird to be honest, because I always get a feeling in my finger that there isn't. It's a phantom feeling.
& # 39; I get pins and needles and a strange vibration thing in the top of my finger. I still feel that in my finger, and it is not there. It is strange. & # 39;