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'Doomsday Preppers': Man Shoots His Own Thumb Off (VIDEO)


First Posted: 02/15/2012 8:53 am Updated: 02/15/2012 10:12 am

Tim Ralston is a prepper. As such, he is prepared to face the unexpected -- and is even prepping his own underground bunker in case of disaster -- but perhaps shooting his own thumb off was one scenario he hadn't envisioned.

On "Doomsday Preppers" (Tues., 9 p.m. EST on National Geographic) Tim was indulging in a spot of target practice when his gun misfired while his hand was in front of the barrel.

He shot his thumb almost completely off his left hand, but thankfully his young son, who was standing close by, was not injured in the accident.

As paramedic Jesse Ellerbee finished dressing his wound, Tim passed out and lay unresponsive on the ground. For a while things looked really bleak for Tim, and Ellerbee said later he thought the prepper would lose his thumb completely.

In fact, Tim went on to make a full recovery. The bullet had gouged out the middle part of his thumb, but surgeons were able to reattach the top part. However, he was left with what he described as "a midget digit," a thumb that was much, much shorter than it used to be.

"Doomsday Preppers" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on National Geographic.

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