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"Reattachment of my thumb"

About: Sydney / Sydney Eye Hospital

(as the patient),

I was tying up my horse and he spooked, my top half of my thumb got caught in the lead rope and was detached from the knuckle up. I was sent to the Sydney Eye and Hand Hospital for reattachment. Due to the top part of the thumb being squashed and torn off, the reattachment failed, an expected result. With consultation with the specialist the decision was made to take half my right toe and attach to my thumb. This was a complete success! I could not have asked for any better care than I received from Dr Sean and his team at the Sydney Hand Unit. This team and the after care with the A1 nurses made me feel like I was the only patient on the ward. Many many thanks.

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Response from Jennie Barry, General Manager, Prince of Wales/Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital 6 years ago
Jennie Barry
General Manager,
Prince of Wales/Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital
Submitted on 6/09/2017 at 6:08 PM
Published on Care Opinion on 7/09/2017 at 8:57 AM

Dear Toethumb

Dr Sean and the Hand Unit team are a dedicated team of health professionals with expertise and passion in hand surgery and injuries. The experience you have expressed on Patient Opinion fully embodies those qualities of our Hand Unit team. It is wonderful your extraordinary surgery has been successful and I am grateful to you for taking the time to share your experience and feedback with us and the wider community. The 'A1' nurses will be thrilled with your post and I will ensure all the Hand Unit staff are aware of your compliments.

Again thank you for sharing your story and I hope you are recovering well.

Kind regards


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