BRADENTON (FOX 13) - Doctors in Manatee County were able to reattach a young woman’s fingers after a freak accident involving a wood splitter.
Miranda Rozamus has a lot of physical therapy in front of her, but her outlook is much better than when she lost her fingers two months before her wedding day.
“The only thing that ran through my head, 'I don’t want to lose my ring…I don’t want it to be cut off,'” Rozamus said.
In early November she was helping her father operate a hydraulic wood splitter when her finger became stuck between the log and the steel wedge, completely severing the tips of three of her fingers.
“I thought, 'Oh my God! What did I just do?' I grabbed my fingers and I ran,” she recalled.
She went straight to the emergency room at Blake Medical Center where doctors had a tough decision: Amputate or reattach - with the risk of it not working.
Dr. Michael Vanvliet is the surgeon who reattached her fingers. He’s recognized state-wide for his work with reattaching digits.
“She’s doing great,” Dr. Vanvliet said. “She's really been the perfect model patient. A lot of the recovery is up to the patient in what they are willing to put into it, as far as occupational therapy, and their efforts.”
Rozamus said weeks in the hospital, on top of planning a wedding, was stressful, but she says she had a lot of help from her then-fiancé, who stepped up early for the vow of “in sickness and in health.”
“I was happy to have my fingers, It could have been way worse,” she said.