The Story of a Medical Student’s Lost Ring


A student at the University of Kansas Medical School’s Salina campus feels lucky to have her engagement ring back, though it’s worse to wear, after losing it in a procedure which she enthusiastically underwent to help her.

Alexcis Barnes is currently a third-year medical student at KU Medical School’s Salina Campus in North Santa.

Alexcis tells KSAL News on July 26, her second day of her pediatric rotation, that she was suddenly asked to help prepare for a procedure. In her nervous excitement, she forgot to put her engagement ring in a safe place. Halfway through the cleanup, a kind nurse helped put the ring in an upper pocket of her white coat.

After a lunch break, Alexcis walked across the street in the sweltering July heat to where she had parked on Fifth Street with her coat over her arm. When she returned from lunch, she put on her coat and found that the ring and a card she had placed in the pocket were missing.

When the day was done, Alexcis ran to Fifth Street and started looking for his precious items. In the leftover rainwater from the night before near the sidewalk, she found the map. She then spent several hours digging in the gutters looking for the ring, looking a little crazy. Friends and passers-by offered their help, condolences and prayers to Saint Anthony. The search for the ring has failed.

The next day, Alexcis did the same thing, before work, during lunch, and then again in the evening. After recreating her steps with dimes in the same pocket, she realized that the ring was more likely to be in the middle of the street. After searching closely, she found the band of the ring without her diamond, where the ten cents had predicted.

Encouraged by this, Alexcis continued to search and search for the best tips from netizens to find lost rings and stones. She was growing more and more devastated and more and more frustrated with each passing day and with each car passing Leadsled traffic on Fifth Street. Still a little crazy, she searched the night with a flashlight and friends watched the next two nights.

Alexcis bought a black light after learning that about 30% of diamonds fluoresce under black light. More rain kept it at bay the first night with the light, however.

Alexcis decided that the next day was the last day she could watch without “losing all her marbles”. That night, her fiancé Cooper Teschke was able to watch with her. After 20 minutes, just before he was ready to call it a night, in a crack in the middle of the street, he found the diamond with the black light.

Alexcis says she was “beyond ecstatic” and grateful to have found all the lost pieces. She is also grateful for all the help and encouragement from friends and strangers.

The group could not be reshaped and portable. A local jeweler is working there to align a new ring with his metal and hopefully even align Cooper’s wedding band later.

Alexcis concludes that she has now learned better to wear a ring that can be left at work!


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