WHEN Ally Purchon jumped off a boat ladder to go for a swim she never thought her actions would result in her wedding ring finger being ripped off her hand.
It happened while Ally was on a yachting holiday this summer and left her in shock when she saw the fourth finger of her left hand still trapped at the top of the yacht’s ladder.
Unknown to Ally, pictured below, her wedding ring got caught at the precise moment she jumped into the sea and the combination of her body weight and gravity ripped her finger off.
Within seven minutes Lymington RNLI rescued Ally and took her and her husband, Simon, to hospital where she spent the next three weeks.
Although an initial operation to sew her finger back was successful, three days later the wound became infected and surgeons had no choice but to amputate.
Undeterred by her loss, Ally, who is an acupuncturist in Stratford-upon-Avon, has decided she wants to raise awareness about the risks people face if they continue to wear jewellery items when sailing.
She also wants to raise funds for Lymington RNLI which she describes as “fantastic!”
“There are so many winches and cleats on a boat to catch a ring or a watch and that’s what happened to me,” she said.
“I hope my bit of bad luck will save others from making the same mistake.”
Ally has set her sights on raising money for the RNLI and on Saturday 5th October she’s offering acupuncture treatment at the Lifeways Centre in Stratford at a reduced rate.
All money raised will be donated to the RNLI. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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