Taken from 6News & LJ World in Lawrence, Kansas:Monday, July 25, 2005Ezekiel Rubottom's club foot was amputated three weeks ago due to infection. Since the procedure, Rubottom has kept his foot in a bucket. When people saw the foot on the front porch, they called emergency crews.
Rubottom, a 21-year-old Lawrence resident, ex-pressed relief Monday after police gave him back his left foot, which he began storing in a five-gallon bucket of formaldehyde on the porch at 627 Conn. after it was amputated three weeks ago. Police seized the foot Saturday, thinking it could have been evidence of a crime, but returned it after verifying Rubottom was the rightful owner.
“It’s cool. It’s all good,” Rubottom said. “Now I’ve got my foot back. That’s all I wanted.”
Rubottom, an artist, occasional hip-hop emcee and recovering methamphetamine addict, is technically homeless right now but often stays with a friend at the home on Connecticut. He said he was born with a clubbed left foot and struggled throughout his life with pressure sores and infections.
Earlier this summer, a bone infection in the foot got so bad that he had to have it amputated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He decided to keep it.
“I’m not sick or, like, a danger,” he said. “I just wanted my foot... I just figured I’d do with it whatever I pleased.” He said a pathologist at LMH checked the foot to make sure it wouldn’t be a hazard, and told him he could take it — as long as he had his own container that was labeled with handling instructions for the formaldehyde.
“My friend bought me a Westlake Hardware bucket, and that’s where I stuck it,” he said. Karen Shumate, vice president of quality services for LMH, said people are allowed to keep body parts if they want them.
“They’ve had women that want their uterus. People take tonsils. They take appendixes,” she said. “I think it’s unusual that someone would want a foot, but it’s within their rights because it’s theirs.” Rubottom admits it may sound unusual, but to him, that’s part of the appeal. Not everyone, he said, can say he keeps his own foot in a bucket. “It’s interesting,” he said. “It’s mine.” Soon after the amputation, news spread. People started coming by asking to see it.
Rubottom said he cut off two toes, which he was considering giving to friends. He added trinkets to the bucket, including a porcelain horse and a can of Hamm’s beer, to make it what he called “a collage of myself.”“I think I’m doing better with this than anybody will ever be that’s gotten something amputated,” he said.
*This would only happen in Lawrence, Kansas. I'm not surprised. Not at all. This guy's crazy! Don't believe me? Here is the link, the link 2.
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