Peter Koerner

Peter Koerner in his store, the Cosmos Crystal Shop, in Carbondale, Pa. A trained goldsmith and silversmith who loves working with his hands, he knew he would miss his left thumb after he severed it in an accident two years ago. But since he had no health insurance, he decided to he couldn't afford reattachment surgery.
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( Douglas Kilpatrick / Special to LA Times / August 19, 2008 )

Peter Koerner in his store, the Cosmos Crystal Shop, in Carbondale, Pa. A trained goldsmith and silversmith who loves working with his hands, he knew he would miss his left thumb after he severed it in an accident two years ago. But since he had no health insurance, he decided to he couldn't afford reattachment surgery.

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