Man loses three fingers but not positive attitude

GRESHAM, Ore. - Nothing is going to crush Jimi Damone's spirits - not even an accident at work that left him with three missing fingers on his right hand.

"It was a pretty brutal scene," he said Wednesday, two days after his glove got caught in a piece of woodworking equipment and pulled his hand in.

One of his co-workers jumped into action, sat Damone down, wrapped his hand tightly in gauze and took control of the situation.

Damone's hands are crucial to his work and aspirations - from woodworking to tattooing to tooling leather. He says he'll do those things again.

"It's not looking grim. I'm going to pick up a hammer again no matter what. I've got two fingers, and I've got a left hand as well. I'm not going to let myself down because of this little hurdle," he said.

Damone doesn't have insurance. So another friend set up a site on GiveForward to raise $70,000 to pay for surgeries and other expenses. As of Wednesday night, almost $12,000 had been raised.

"I have an amazing group of friends. They're going above and beyond for me right now," he said. "I can't stress it enough of how thankful I am for such a great group of people."

He's also amazed the help he's getting from people he doesn't even know.

"I can't stress it enough how thankful I am for every single person out there that did the things they did for me," he said.

And as a result of the accident, Damone has reconnected with his dad for the first time in 13 years.