|Jerry loses a fingertip in a wood-chopping accident at age 5
Jerry told Rolling Stone in 1991:
"My brother Tiff and I were chopping wood. And I would pick up the pieces of wood, take my hand away, pick up another piece, and boom! It was an accident. My brother felt perfectly awful about it."
were up in the mountains at the time, and my father had to drive to Santa Cruz, maybe about thirty miles, and my mother had my hand all wrapped up in a towel. And I remember it didn't hurt or anything. It was just a sort of buzzing sensation. I don't
associate any pain with it."
"For me, the traumatic part of it was after the doctor amputated it, I had this big cast and bandages on it. And they gradually got smaller and smaller, until I was down to like one little bandage. And I thought for
sure my finger was under there. I just knew it was. And that was the worst part, when the bandage came off. 'Oh, my God, my finger's gone.'"
"But after that, it was okay, because as a kid, if you have a few little things that make you different,
it's a good score. So I got a lot of mileage out of having a missing finger when I was a kid."