Staff members at two Irish hospitals are hunting for a severed fingertip that vanished hours before it was due to be sewn on to a man’s finger, newspapers reported on Wednesday.
The man lost the top of his right middle finger when it became trapped in a door. He was rushed to his local hospital and later transferred him to a bigger hospital in Galway, western Ireland.
The fingertip accompanied him in an ice bag.
“That bag was on the trolley beside me but I don’t know what happened to it after that,” the Irish Times quoted the man, who has not been named, as saying. “All I know is that when I arrived in Galway it was nowhere to be found.”
Surgeons did their best to mend the finger without the missing tip.
The local health board has launched an investigation.