Jason Pierre-Paul Says He Almost Lost His Entire Hand After Firework Accident
Jason Pierre-Paul's interview with the New York Post reads like he would rather spend an entire day at the dentist than talk to them for ten minutes, and yet they still managed to squeeze something fairly newsworthy out of him.
The New York Giants defensive end returned to football last month after a gruesome fireworks accident resulted in the amputation of a couple of fingers on his right hand. In the interview that was published on Sunday morning, Pierre-Paul explained just how close he came to the amputation of his entire right hand. Having his hand and some fingers still in tact has obviously been vital to his return to football, as he now is able to play with a bandaged glove-like hand.
According to Pierre-Paul, just before he passed out from extreme blood loss he told the emergency room doctors not to take his hand. The way he tells it, it seems the doctors were less than optimistic about their chances of saving the hand.
Q: And when you got to the hospital, you went right to the emergency room?
A: Yeah ER.
A: Yeah. Then I passed out.
Q: You passed out?
A: Yeah. I just told the doctor not to cut my hand and passed out.
Q: How long did you pass out for?
A: Probably a couple days, man. I was in and out a couple of days.
Q: Why did you tell the doctor not to cut your hand?
A: It’s easier to take a shortcut out. I knew for a fact that my hand … I might say it’s severely damaged or whatever, but I knew it wasn’t that bad, like I can still play football.
Q: When you said you told the doctor not to cut your hand, you mean the whole hand?
Q: You were afraid that he would cut the whole hand off?
A: Yeah. Even the doctors counted me out. They were like, “Yeah, we’re gonna have to cut his whole hand off” and, you know …
Q: Before you passed out, that’s what you heard them saying?
A: Yeah. 'I don’t think we’ll be able to save it.' I knew that that wasn’t the best hospital to be at.
That must have been comforting. The reporter tried to press further regarding his reaction to the doctors' insistence that they would probably have to remove the hand, and at the very least a couple of fingers. Apparently though, that's where Pierre-Paul thinks the story gets really juicy; and he made it clear that he wasn't about to give it up to the poor ole schlubs at the New York Post.
Q: When you woke up, what was your reaction to what they told you had to be done?
A: To be continued, man.
Q: Come on, we’re live on CNN right now, come on.
A: No we’re not. That’s a story I’m gonna give at the end of the season. That’s a big story right there.
Q: I know, so let’s get it over with.
A: Nope, ’cause it’s supposed to be about football.
Q: Back to football?
Wow, I bet that big story is going to be crazy. I wonder how it ends....
Does JPP not realize that we all already know he lost multiple fingers and that he just told us that he could have and nearly did lose his whole hand? That's the big part of the story if you ask me.
But if you just can't wait for the second part of the saga as told by this absolutely riveting story teller, you will have to wait until the Giants are done dragging themselves to the finish line of the NFL season.
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