Firefighters cut off a woman’s wedding ring when her finger turns blue

Lynn Metcalf, 59, from Sunderland, who had her wedding ring cut off by firefighters after it got stuck and turned her finger blue

Lynn, a nurse, thanked firefighters for saving the day – and her finger (Image: North News and Pictures)

There are many reasons a ring can get stuck, from weight gain to a hot day making your fingers swollen.

It might be a slight mistake, but as you can see from these photos, removing a ring that’s stuck on your finger is far from easy.

Lynn Metcalf, from Sunderland in Tyne and Wear, had to call emergency services after her wedding ring would not come off and firefighters saved the day, cutting off the offending accessory.

Nurse Lynn, 59, first had a flare-up of joint disease, then she noticed her hand was becoming discolored – turning blue over time.

She made several attempts to remove the ring herself, but to no avail, she was left with no choice but to call her local fire department.

Luckily, they were able to cut the ring off with a special kit, but it was close.

The finger as it swelled from the stuck ring

Lynn’s finger became swollen and blue, prompting her to call 911 (Image: North News and Pictures)

Lynn said: “The guards were all so kind and interested in helping me, although I was completely embarrassed by what had happened.

“You were so professional and entertained me. I didn’t feel like bothering them and I want to thank them for their quick response on the day.

A spokesman for Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Services added: “We are so glad we were able to help Lynn get that ring off her finger that day or her job would have been compromised.

Lynn Metcalf, 59, from Sunderland, who had her wedding ring cut off by firefighters after it got stuck and turned her finger blue

Firefighters used special tools to pry the ring off Lynn’s finger (Image: North News and Pictures)

“Our firefighters are always fantastic in situations like this – very level-headed and calm so as not to stress the person in distress.”

A stuck ring can often be treated at home with a lubricant such as dish soap or a device such as a string (which you wrap around your finger to loosen the jewelry).

You can also try holding your hand in the air for a few minutes to reduce swelling, or try cutting the ring yourself with bolt cutters.

However, if your ring is stuck and you notice swelling, your hand changing color, or your finger feeling numb, it’s time to call in the professionals.

A tight ring can act as a tourniquet on the finger, and without blood flow, you can permanently lose function or the finger can be amputated.

For Lynn, the fire department call was an awkward moment, but she may have saved her finger with her quick thinking when she called for help.

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