Fingers for Arie

A year ago this coming September Arie Wiglama's life took another turn that would cost him all four fingers. Besides being a cancer survivor, Arie has now lost all four fingers making use of his hand very difficult. 

Arie had just purchased a home for his family, which he worked on improving despite the hurdles he faced. While using the miter saw, Arie chopped off four of his fingers and partially severed his thumb.

After being rushed to the hospital, Arie underwent multiple surgeries totalling over 25 hours. With his sewn back fingers on, Arie’s journey to full recovery was filled with both hope and pain – the pain from the countless leech therapy sessions, which ultimately failed in giving Arie his fingers back.

With a lack of data and research on his type of injury, Arie’s insurance has declined to help with any prosthetic devices. In the eyes of insurance, Arie would have been better off if he lost his entire hand.

Arie has found a company that can make a full hand prosthetic that lock in certain positions to make use of the fingers, which cost $8,000 per digit.

My ultimate goal would be to give Arie full functionality of his fingers with finger prosthesis that attach to the nerve endings in his hand. The cost of this type of prosthetic would be a total of $100k or $25k per digit. 

Arie has a wife and 3 young children. With all the medical bills that this family has endured, it’s time for something amazing to happen to Arie. As a survivor of cancer along with the costs associated with his new challenge of losing his fingers, I would love to see everyone come together and make this a reality for Arie.  

I have know Arie for many years, I grew up with him. I started this campaign because I can honestly say if there is one person who truly deserves this it is Arie and his family. There is not one mean bone in his body. Despite any personal/medical hurdles he has faced and continue to face, Arie’s new hand will be the first to reach down and help you up.

Attempting to save Aries fingers using Leach Therapy
The glove Arie was wearing during the accident
The current solution 
The lab
These would be the Ultimate goal of Arie's the digits that would work like attached fingers 

The following pictures are of the prosthetic that would allow Arie to lock the fingers/digits in place and utilize his hand

Donations (23)

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  • Jay Blasewitz
    • $250 
    • 5 yrs
  • Jayson Christensen
    • $100 
    • 5 yrs
  • Kim Malupo
    • $50 
    • 5 yrs
  • Christopher Blish
    • $50 
    • 5 yrs
  • Nicole Bangerter
    • $25 
    • 5 yrs
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Organizer and beneficiary

Sarah Thomas
Salt Lake City, UT
Arie Wiglama

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