Dolly Parton has lived a storybook life. Any country fan worth their salt knows her story of growing up in poverty in rural Tennessee where both opportunity and doctors were scarce. That meant that when she or her 11 siblings got sick, her Momma was their medical professional. So when Dolly nearly cut off three of her toes on a broken mason jar, Momma came to the rescue.
“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,” she told Dr. Oz on his talk show.
After cleaning the cut with cornmeal and using kerosene as an antiseptic, Dolly’s mom sewed her toes back on. “I think the cornmeal was to absorb the blood,” she said. “They put kerosene on it for antiseptic and momma took her sewing needles … and she literally had to sew my toes back on.”
But was the surgery successful?
“[My toes] work and they healed and I’m still walking on them,” she said.
Moral of the story: Never doubt momma Parton and never use kerosene to clean a cut.