Lee Redmond was the holder of the Guinness World Record for the longest fingernails, until a car accident broke them all:
The unique and dazzling fingernails grew to a combined length of 28 feet and 4 inches. Although Redmond requires special care for her nails, especially to keep them from furling, she leads a relatively normal life. She can even cut her grandson’s hair with surprising accuracy and drive a car. However, it would be a car accident that would dethrone her. In 2009, a car accident caused her nails to break off leaving them at a mere 4.5 inches. “Losing my fingernails has been the most dramatic thing that’s happened in my life. I think it was my grandson that said, ‘Grandma, they are like your baby; you’ve taken care of them for 30 years and lost them in a second,’” she told The Telegraph. “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.”
What do you do when the nails you’ve grown for 30 years break? You start growing them again! They’re back to about longer than her hand again and she seems happy enough. She can use her hands a little better at least.