World's most longest fingernails woman lost her claim to fame

Since 1979, Lee Redmond from Salt Lake City, Utah, stop cutting her fingernails. By 2002, Lee has been certified by Guinness World Records as the longest fingernails ever on female hands.

On Feb. 10, Redmond's car crashed into another in a four-car pile-up. She wasn't seriously injured, but she lost her claim to fame. Ms Redmond had been growing her nails for 30 years at the time of the crash. "Losing my fingernails has been the most dramatic thing that's happened in my life," she said in a statement Guinness issued.

"I think it was my grandson who said, 'Grandma, they are like your baby, you've taken care of them for 30 years and lost them in a second.'

"But then when you think about it, you know our whole life could end in a second, not just part of the body, but your whole life."

Redmond made this statement as Guinness released one of its last pictures of her in all her glory, taken with Melvin Booth, who holds the record as the man with the longest finger nails (29 feet, 8 inches), just a few months before her accident.

"People ask if I'm going to grow them again and I say, 'No, it was a one-time thing,'" Redmond said. "It took me 30 years to grow them and to get them to that length and they became the world record and I probably won't live for 30 more years."

While it seems like it would be impossible for the a woman with more than 30 inches of growth from each finger to lead a normal life -- or even put on a shirt -- for years Redmond proved it was possible. Even with nails curling down to her knees, she took care of her family.

Redmond is a 68-year-old now. After going more than 30 years without clipping, she's now content being a homemaker.

Via : AOL News, 4 Sept 2009



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