My finger turned purple after I got engaged – I had to call the fire brigade

A woman had to call on a fire crew to cut off her £2,000 engagement ring after it got stuck and made her finger turn purple, just a day after her fiancé proposed.

Periesa Oromé panicked when she couldn’t slip the ring off the morning after Willis Oromé, 28, popped the question during a romantic proposal.

The wedding and event designer, 30, spent an hour trying to remove the ring with soap, ice and a thread hack she found on YouTube, but nothing worked.

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After her fingers started swelling and turning purple, the couple went to their local fire station for help. The crew had to carefully cut the ring off with emergency ring cutter pliers.

Luckily the ring could be resized at no extra cost and the couple got married in October, with their big day going without a hitch.

Periesa, from Beckenham, South East London, said: “I woke up in the morning and I just couldn’t pull the ring off.

“It got worse and worse as I tried to yank it off.

“But it didn’t take long for the whole thing to become funny – and the firefighters were laughing too.

“Willis had tried to measure my ring size from an old ring against his pinky finger as he wanted the proposal to be a surprise.

“But it didn’t quite go to plan.”

Willis said: “I was convinced I got the right size. I just found it funny when it got stuck.

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“It was a little worrying when her finger turned purple but thankfully it was all OK.”

The firefighters were able to free Periesa’s finger and the ring was taken back to the jewellers to be resized for free.

“It fits perfectly now,” Periesa said.

Despite superstitious comments indicating the incident means they shouldn’t get married, the couple wed in October 2019 in an intimate ceremony.

“It was an incredible day, and nothing went wrong,” Periesa said.

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