My husband lost 3 fingers in January 2006 while he was cutting wood with a table saw. Rather than using a piece of wood to push the wood piece closer to the blade, he apparently spaced out and used his hand (everyone who has ever used a table saw's nightmare). He cut off 3 fingers on his left hand (pointer, middle and ring). They searched around for the fingertips, found two - the pointer was too mangled to reattach, but the hospital was able to sew his middle fingertip back on. It's really just for aesthetics! However, a little while later, his mom found his ring finger tip, but she just couldn't bring herself to throw it away. She has saved the tip of his finger in Tiffany's bag...in a cigar box...in her freezer...for eleven years!! Looking a little gross now, but it's sentimental?!