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Botched surgery leads to teen's thumb being replaced with her big toe

A 17-year-old Australian cricket player fractured her thumb during a game. Now, a surgery gone wrong has changed her life forever.
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TAMPA, Fla. — There’s now a big toe on a 17-year-old’s hand where her thumb used to be.

Britney Thomas is an Australian cricket player.

She fractured her thumb in 2018 while playing a game in Hong Kong. After what doctors said would be a simple procedure to heal the bone, she was sent home, according to the Washington Post.

The Washington Post said it wasn’t even a week later Thomas was back in the hospital with horrible pain. When doctors took off her cast, they found a dead thumb they told her they would probably have to amputate.

Australia Broadcasting Corporation said her thumb died because doctors left a tourniquet on it and it restricted the blood flow.

Thomas’s thumb was replaced with her big toe and a new big toe was made with some bone from her hip, according to ABC.

The broadcasting corporation also reports Thomas can’t bend her thumb or her toe at the joint.

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