'This Is Who I Married': Photo of Lost Finger Goes Viral

Libby Sanders says she can't imagine "a sweeter, kinder man"
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2016 7:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – Libby Sanders' husband is willing to let her paint one of his pinky nails for life—because she lost hers, US Weekly reports. The Indiana mother of five had her left pinky finger amputated in March after a freak accident with a screen door that seemed mild at first, per Inside Edition, but only got worse over time. Then, last Monday, she posted two photos on Facebook of her hand over husband Matt's; her finger nails are painted light green and so is his pinky, visible where hers is gone. She writes in the now-viral post:

  • "This is who I married.... I was painting my nails and made a comment that I forget I don't have to paint my pinky nail on my left hand. I simply forget that I lost my pinky, but it is always kind of a bummer when I am reminded. Matt said 'I will be your surrogate pinky. You can paint my pinky to match your nails for the rest of our lives.'"

"And so we did," she adds. "I cannot image (sic) a sweeter, kinder man. No words adequately describe our love." She says losing her pinky has been "pretty rough" but she describes herself as optimistic and determined to stay that way, Buzzfeed reports. Matt, who named his small ice cream shop after his wife ("Libby's Gourmet Ice Cream") says this is how they are. "It's kind of just us being us," he says. "Neither of us thought much of it." (Read more amputation stories.)

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