A hunter in France has told how he had to have his hand amputated after his “adorable” dog accidentally shot him.

The 55-year-old man, named only as Rene, said the animal accidentally pulled the trigger of his master’s shotgun after jumping on top of him “for a cuddle”.

The shot destroyed his right hand and he had to be taken by helicopter to a hospital in Bordeaux, where doctors were unable to save the limb.

Rene, who was hunting with three Blue Gascony Basset hounds in St Michel de Double, in the southwestern Dordogne region, told France Bleu radio he did not blame the animal.

“It wasn’t the dog’s fault,” he said. “And he’s adorable! I should have left the (gun’s) safety on, that’s all.”


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A woman born missing a finger and a thumb has grown them back – albeit as part of a phantom limb.

This extraordinary occurrence shows that our brain contains a fully functional map of our body image, regardless of what our limbs actually look like.

The woman, RN, was born with just three fingers on her right hand.

Aged 18, RN had the hand amputated after a car accident. She later began to feel that her missing limb was still present, and developed a “phantom” hand.

“But here’s the interesting thing,” says Paul McGeoch at the University of California, San Diego. “Her phantom hand didn’t have three digits, it had five.”

RN was aware of a full complement of fingers, but her phantom thumb and index finger were less than half the usual length.

With training using a mirror box trick – a tool that creates the visual illusion of two hands – McGeoch and V.S Ramachandran, also at San Diego, managed to extend her short phantom finger and thumb to normal length.

McGeoch says this study indicates that there is a hardwired representation in the brain of what the body should look like, regardless of how it actually appears in real life.

It shows us more about the balance between the external and innate representations of a limb, he says.

“The presence of the deformed hand was suppressing the brain’s innate representation of her fingers which is why they appeared shorter, but after the hand was removed and the inhibition taken away, the innate representation kicks in again.”

Matthew Longo at Birkbeck, University of London, says it is a fascinating case study.

“It contributes to a growing literature suggesting that our conscious experience of our body is, at least in part, dependent on the intrinsic organisation of the brain, rather than a result of experience.”

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A 20-year-old California man cut off his penis early on Wednesday in Fremont, using an X-Acto knife.

Police were called to a home on Mowry Avenue at about 2 a.m. by the man’s brother, said police Detective Bill Veteran.

The victim was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Veteran said. The reason for his action is unknown.

Officers recovered the organ. The man, whose name was withheld, was hospitalized in hopes that doctors could reattach it, Veteran said.

He also faces a psychological evaluation, police said.

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A cat brought to Prince Edward Island for surgery after being found frozen to a driveway in Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland, is heading home on Sunday.

When Trooper was discovered two weeks ago, rescuers had to use warm water to free him after he had been stuck to the driveway for 24 hours.

He was flown to the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown for surgery to repair a broken pelvis.

One leg also had to be amputated due to severe frostbite and he underwent surgery on Wednesday to remove his tail. It was also damaged by the cold.

His caretaker Gwen Samms of the SPCA in Stephenville said Trooper came through all the surgeries well.

He’s getting around on three legs. And he has mostly recovered control of his bladder, which had suffered nerve damage.

“A three-legged animal can have a great quality of life,” said Samms.

“Once he gets used to three legs there’ll be no slowing him down, he’ll be just fine.”

Trooper will live in a foster home until his recovery is complete.

Trooper has become a minor celebrity. A Facebook page has raised $9,000 for Trooper’s care. The goal is $15,000.

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Mandy Sellars had one of her gigantic legs amputated when doctors warned her that the limb would kill her. But 22 months after the operation, it is growing back at an alarming rate.

Mandy, 36, suffers from a rare disease meaning she has a normal sized body but massive feet and legs. Her left leg, which had weighed about five stone, led to serious infections.

When she developed septicaemia in the limb her worried doctors said: “It’s you or the leg.” But after the operation it began ballooning again. It now weighs three stone and has a circumference of one metre.

Mandy said: “I hoped the amputation would stabilise my condition but I think I knew in my heart that it would start growing again.

“Almost straight away the stump began increasing in circumference and I was finding it harder to fit it into my prosthetic leg. Then the stump got so heavy that it broke the prosthetic leg.”

The ex-RSPCA voluntary worker suffers from a condition similar to Proteus syndrome, the illness that is thought to have affected Elephant Man Joseph Merrick in the 19th century.

Mandy, of Accrington, Lancs, is hopeful that a cure can be found and said: “I will not let this thing beat me. I’m determined to stay as mobile as possible and fight for my independence. I just have to live day to day, week to week. I have got a life and I have to live it as best as I can. There are people far worse off than me.”

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So what do you do when you go into hospital for a circumcision, and they cut off a bit more than your thought was necessary?

Phillip Seaton, 64, from Kentucky is suing after he went into hospital for a circumcision and left without a penis.

He was supposed to have surgery in 2007 to treat inflammation, but Dr. John Patterson removed Seaton’s penis because he said he found cancer during the procedure.

Seaton is seeking damages for “loss of service, love and affection” to his wife. The trial got underway on Monday in Shelbyville.

Medical experts say that the doctor needed consent from the patient, even if the cancer he discovered was life-threatening.

Seaton also sued the hospital where the procedure was performed. Louisville’s Jewish Hospital reportedly settled out of court.

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