19-Year-Old Born Without Fingers Gets Surgery That Places Toes On Her Hand

by Nicole Cannizzaro
Nicole is a writer who studied journalism. She loves music and spending time with her family.

Rachael Pinwinski is a 19-year-old girl who was born without fully developed fingers on her left hand due to a condition called amniotic band syndrome.

When she was just 14 years old, doctors told her she’d never be able to have a transplant that would give her a hand full of fingers.

But they were wrong. She discovered a surgery that was worth a try, so she went through with it. And although it’s not guaranteed to work, she’s thinking positively.

During the surgery, doctors took blood vessels, tendons, skin, and even her toe and transplanted them onto her left hand.

They hope she’ll have a second fully functioning hand, but only time will tell.

Hopefully, this strong, brave, and beautiful young woman will not reject this hand.

With medical and technological advances, if not this time, Rachael should eventually be ready for a future with both hands fully functioning.

Thankfully, Rachael’s family is very supportive. If Rachael were ready to get married, and she didn’t have a ring finger to put her ring on, they all promised to switch their own wedding rings to the other hand.

With a family so loving, and with the optimism Rachael seems to have, hopefully her body follows suit.

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