Doctors replace LI woman's thumb with her big toe

An East Moriches woman who lost her thumb in a freak fireworks accident became the first person to undergo a rare surgery at Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Shannon Elliott, 25, says she was walking along Moriches Avenue in Mastic in November when someone threw fireworks at her out of the window of a car. The fireworks exploded, severely damaging three of her fingers, including her left thumb.

Doctors amputated the three fingers. They also took the big toe off her left foot and attached it to where her thumb was.

After the 11-hour surgery, Elliott says she?s grateful she will be able to pick up her children, cook and work again.

To see an extended interview with Elliott, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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