The furniture worker in China’s Liaoning Province was rushed to hospital after chopping off part of his finger while using an electrical saw. The gravity of the damage done to the finger worried the physician, Dr. Xuesong Huang, so he devised a unique plan to save the digit.
“We had to make a quick decision or he could have lost his finger. We decided to cultivate a new fingertip on his stomach,” explained the doctor to the media.
What had happened was that all muscle and skin from the bottom of the finger was shaved away. In order to get the finger working again they needed to get blood circulating so the body would fix itself by building new muscle and skin. If they didn’t, the whole finger would have had to be amputated. Hence, the attaching of the remaining finger to the stomach. Allowing the blood to freely circulate again the finger is starting to heal itself and the patient should have a new fingertip in a roughly a month. Then the finger will be cut away from the stomach.
The wonders of modern medicine. [Source.]