EDIT: Still not a proud day for America – let’s not have fist fights and bite peoples’ fingers off because of political disagreements – but the the hospital spokesperson was incorrect; so my previous headline stating that his pinky was reattached and that the procedure was paid for by Medicare was incorrect. Although, I’m betting that the visit itself, sans reattachement, was still covered by Medicare.
Rice’s pinky was not reattached. He went home without it last night.
So why the confusion? “This was totally my error,” Caraway-Bowman said.
The spokesperson said that on her way into work today, the nurses on the morning shift told her Rice’s story, and that his finger had been reattached. She said she fielded the AP’s call before she had a chance to verify the story on her own. And when Caraway-Bowman finally pulled Rice’s chart and talked to his doctor — ruh roh.
Not a proud moment for America.