lonewolf wrote:got his thumb caught in a bight roping a steer.... ripped that sucker right off...apparently the bleeding was not too bad.. he retreived the thumb, licked it clean, got back on his horse and rode 108 miles to the nearest doctor in Hays City where he was advised the deteriorated condition of the thumb made re-implantation impossible....I visited the homestead in 1955. ...found a trunk inside containing, among other things, ... one withered ....
Whew!! I really thought that sentence was going to end a little differently!
Marlow wrote:So how on earth would they write a survival scenario for him? Wouldn't he bleed out in minutes?!
People lose arms all the time in equipment/farm accidents without dying.
Yeah - I forget how often it happens in war too.
I'll have to ask my ER-doc buddy next time I see him at a hockey game, but I'm guessing the critical difference here is that all those war/farm survivors have one thing in common that Quarles didn't: a tourniquet applied fairly quickly (and perhaps also some collateral damage that seals off blood vessels). And many of those losses, I would also surmise, start out as "manglings" that are beyond surgical repair, so the actual amputation is done subsequent to that decision.
I just can imagine a clean-cut wound as far up the arm as his wouldn't lead to a relatively quick bleed-out if left unattended.
So just for giggles, I went back and reread the original short story from which Justified was crafted, Fire In The Hole. As w/ all Elmore Leonard, a great read. And I see that Leonard's latest, just out, is Raylan.
Which leads us to the question, is it true to the first book or the TV show? That's a major question, given that in the book Boyd dies, Arlo was dead years earlier and Ava is a chubby brunette.
remember when Detroit Mumford made a fortune a cuople of decades back? Eddie Murphy wore one of their t-shirts in Beverly Hills Cop. I even had one because my ex was living in Michigan at the time and sent it along.
I seem to recall there was a national-class quartermiler from Mumford... ???? (talk about getting off-topic!)