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Man gets amputated foot back
Posted: 06 September 2005 12:57 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I saw this about a month ago and meant to post it, but forgot, so here it is now:

Man gets amputated foot back
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2005/07/26/1148501-ap.html 



LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) - Ezekiel Rubottom now has his left foot back exactly where he wants it - in a bucket on the front porch. Police in Kansas has returned the amputated foot to him after seizing it during the weekend to check out just how it came to be there.

The 21-year-old man’s foot was amputated three weeks ago after a series of medical problems, and he started keeping it in a five-gallon (20-liter) bucket filled with formaldehyde.

It came to the attention of police after a call from a parent whose child reported seeing the severed foot. Officers who went to the home late Saturday night found the foot, and some of Rubottom’s friends, but no sign of Rubottom himself.

Unsure of what to make of the unusual discovery, police confiscated the severed foot and put it into evidence storage.

“We had to make sure that no crime had been committed,” said Sgt. Dan Ward.

Rubottom, an artist, recovering methamphetamine addict and occasional hip-hop master of ceremonies, said he was born with a clubbed foot and has dealt all his life with pressure sores and infections. An infection this summer became so severe that doctors at Lawrence Memorial Hospital decided it should be amputated.

Rubottom asked to have the severed foot. A pathologist at the hospital checked to make sure it wouldn’t be a hazard and told him he could have it, provided he kept it in a container labeled with instructions for handling the formaldehyde.

Karen Shumate, a vice president at the hospital, said people can keep parts removed from their bodies if they want them.

“They’ve had women that want their uterus,” she said. “People take tonsils. They take appendixes. I think it’s unusual that someone would want a foot, but it’s within their rights because it’s theirs.”

After a friend picked up the bucket at a hardware store, Rubottom added several objects as well as the severed foot - including a porcelain horse and can of beer - to make what he called “a collage of myself.” He also cut off two of the toes, saying he was considering giving them to friends.

On Monday, police returned the foot to Rubottom after taking him to the hospital, where he signed a release allowing them to see his medical records.

“It’s cool. It’s all good,” said Rubottom. “Now I’ve got my foot back. That’s all I wanted.

“I’m not sick or, like, a danger,” he said of his decision to keep and display the foot. “I just wanted my foot ... I just figured I’d do with it whatever I pleased.”

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Posted: 06 September 2005 01:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I’m sure I’ve heard that somewhere…was there already a post about it?

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Posted: 06 September 2005 08:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Ewww…I don’t think I’d want to be one of his friends and receive a severed toe as a gift!

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Posted: 07 September 2005 03:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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me neither, what would you do with it?

use it as petfood most likely, im sure tilly (my dog) would appreciate a couple of toes to go with her meat. smile

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Posted: 09 September 2005 04:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Ewwww…

To both the posting and replies!

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Posted: 14 September 2005 09:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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thunderstruck - 07 September 2005 07:38 PM

me neither, what would you do with it?

Put it in a bowl of Chili a Wendy’s and the sue them….

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Posted: 14 September 2005 11:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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LOL Since it was stored in formaldehyde it would be easily testable as not a fluke.

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Posted: 14 September 2005 12:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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LaMa - 14 September 2005 01:07 PM
thunderstruck - 07 September 2005 07:38 PM

me neither, what would you do with it?

Put it in a bowl of Chili a Wendy’s and the sue them….

good idea!

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Posted: 04 November 2005 03:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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NOT a hoax ... i’ve spent many a day and night around the camp fire with this guy as he decided what to do about his F____D up foot ... i am VERY glad he finally has what he wants and glad he has a sense of (albeit morbid) humor about it ... AHHH the joy he has over finally having control of his foot rather then the other way around ...

... not gonna tell his friends that got the toes about the chili idea ... god forbid they should actually do it (though actually ... they probably have thrown the idea around and decided better of it so maybe i will) ... did some body say something about feeding it to a pet? ... hmmm ... cute but the formaldehyde makes that a BAD idea;) ...

confirmed here ... NOT a hoax

looking forward to hearing from him what he thinks about being SOOOOOO famous

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/jul/26/amputee_happy_be/?city_local
above is a link to the original article that has a pic of zeke n his dog syria

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