Trapped US farmer amputates leg with knife to escape grain auger

Trapped US farmer amputates leg with knife to escape grain auger

Trapped US farmer amputates leg with knife to escape grain auger

Mr Kaser said he had removed a safety covering at the end of the auger in the winter to make the equipment fit under a grain bin, and told ABC News he was "kind of disappointed in myself that I didn't think of fixing that thing".

"I thought 'how long am I going to stay conscious here?' because I didn't know what to expect", he told KETV.

He was airlifted to hospital where he spent weeks rehabilitation before returning home on Friday.

With no mobile phone near him to call for help and the knowledge that no one would come to his aid, the farmer of 40 years made the agonising decision to amputate his own leg.

Local media showed images of Kaser in a wheelchair, his bandaged left leg amputated below the knee.

Kaser, 63, said he was moving corn on his farm in Pender when he stepped into a corn hopper and his foot and the bottom half of his leg became stuck in the machine, which was still running. "I did what I thought I had to do, and it worked".

He realised that his only option was to "cut it off" using the small knife in his pocket. "I said, 'The only way I'm getting out of here is to cut it off.' So I just started sawing on it", he said, according to WTVD.

He added: 'I look at other people that were [at the hospital] and I still have most of my leg and hope to walk again soon.

After freeing himself he crawled 200ft to the nearest telephone and was flown to a hospital. "I don't want to give up", he said. He told doctors his goal is to get back to farming.

I didn't know what to do. The married father of three grown children said he has been meeting with doctors to determine when he can get a prosthetic leg.

After he tried to free himself but couldn't, Kaser decided the only way out was by losing a limb.

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