Quick thinking helps save patient's finger

WHEN a patient turned up to hospital with a severely swollen finger and a titanium wedding ring, plastic surgeons had to think quick.

Strong and durable, titanium rings are soaring in popularity. But they're also trickier than silver and gold to prise off in an emergency.

Regular ring cutters don't do the trick, and specialist cutting equipment - drills and diamond-tipped saws - are tough to get hold of and can burn the skin.

So the quick-thinking doctors at the UK's Sheffield University Hospital went another way.