I just got off the phone with my dad, here's what happened...
He lost his main IRBI knife going to Takotna, where he called my mom and asked her to send another to Anvik because all he had was a folding knife he didn't like. He wasn't planning on camping before Iditarod, but when he went through Ophir, he decided to grab some straw just to be on the safe side. The knife was a folding Kershaw, and the locking mechanism is released by squeezing the handle. The problem was it also has a gut-hook, which he was attempting to use to cut the zip tie on a straw bag while squeezing the handle. The blade folded over, and cut his right index finger through the knuckle.
He did want to continue, but after several thick skinned vets and volunteers pointed out the danger and made phone calls to doctors on the East Coast (it was the middle of the night here), he reluctantly agreed with Mark Nordman's decision to withdraw him from the Race.
He just got out of surgery, and there is serious bone, ligament, and tissue damage to his knuckle. A part of the bone is missing, and a pin is holding it on now. The doctor said with PT he will probably keep the finger, and hopefully will use it again.
Clearly he is quite disappointed. His dogs were performing wonderfully, it was one of those races every musher knows where the team comes together rather than falls apart. This isn't the way he wanted to end an already rough season (his kennel manager/friend Scott Hagan passed away the week before the race) It's hard to find an upside, but we very much appreciate all the prayers and support, and we're blessed with a network of family and friends that helps keep everything in perspective.
He passed Scott's ashes to Dallas in Ophir, and "told him to get the job done."
He also wanted to thank all the vets and volunteers in Ophir, especially Jake Berkowitz, for helping him handle a very tough situation.