17 Oct 2012

Man convinced to have fingers re-attached

9:54 am on 17 October 2012

A meatworker who sliced through two fingers told doctors not to bother re-attaching them, because he didn't want to give up smoking.

Tamati Parkes sliced through his fingers on a hock cutter at the Silver Fern Farms meatplant at Waitoa on 4 October.

Mr Parkes told doctors three times to cut through the skin that was keeping his fingers attached, so he could have a cigarette, but they managed to convince him to undergo the 20-hour operation.

His ring finger was saved and the 38-year-old has vowed never to smoke again.