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ER fails to save digit; patient gives thumbs-down to hospital bill

Las Vegas Sun, May 29, 2013

Bo Hash arrived at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals — Rose de Lima Campus with two Bounty paper towels wrapped around his bloodied right hand and his thumb in a red Dixie cup. Not more than an hour earlier, the thumb had been caught in a rodeo rope, popping it off his hand. Even through the pain, his instincts from his job as a Progressive insurance agent kicked in. First he found his thumb and put it on ice, then he called St. Rose. His health insurance policy had a high deductible, and Hash wanted to avoid two hospital bills.