To me this is a very serious and sad thing. There are many accidents in cooking - burns, cuts, etc. But this person was dealing with something deadly. I feel very bad for him, and hope that other molecular gastronomers will take note of this unfortunate situation.
He will I am sure be able to get prostheses, but he will never be the chef that it looks like he was aspiring to be.
"Variety is not just the spice of life, it is the key to life" - Chef Michael Smith