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Dolly Parton Reveals Her Mother Once Sewed Her Toes Back on With the Same Needle She ‘Used to Make Quilts and Stuff’

Dolly Parton shared a rather disturbing childhood story involving severed toes (I’m not kidding) on the Dr. Oz Show. The country icon shared with the audience a childhood accident in which her own mother had to sew her toes back on…with a sewing needle.


The always entertaining Dolly Parton shared the crazy details when she made a guest appearance on the Dr. Oz Show. “I was probably about six or seven. I had jumped across the fence onto a broken mason jar and cut three of my toes, just my little toes on my right foot, almost off and they were just kind of hanging there,” the 71-year-old told the TV host.

The country legend spoke fondly of her mother, Avie Lee Parton, who was forced to step in with a DIY solution because their family did not have the means to get her to a doctor.

“So they grabbed me up and all my dad and my brothers, they had to hold me down,” Parton went on casually. “Momma, she put cornmeal — now, you’re a doctor, you might know, I think the cornmeal was to absorb the blood,” the 11-time Grammy winner told Dr. Oz, who confirmed cornmeal would have helped the bleeding. But Dolly wasn’t finished…

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“They put kerosene on it for antiseptic and momma took her sewing needles she used to make our quilts and stuff, and she literally had to sew my toes back on,” Parton recollected.

Parton was all smiles as she retold the gruesome story and even seemed impressed with her mother’s handiwork. What ended up happening to her toes? The country singer confirmed, “They worked and they healed and I’m still walking on them.”

This isn’t the first time Parton spoke fondly of her humble childhood upbringing. The country star spent millions to recreate her original childhood home that lacked both electricity and indoor plumbing. The replica cabin can be seen at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and offers fans a glimpse into Parton’s impoverished childhood.

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