Trapped US farmer amputates leg with knife to escape grain auger

15 Mai, 2019, 19:53 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Nebraska farmer cut off his leg with a pocket knife after getting stuck in a grain hopper

Kurt Kaser, 63, said he was moving crops on his farm in Pender last month when he stepped into a corn hopper and got stuck in the machine, which was still running. You got to think of that'.

Kaser plans to get back to farming after his leg heals.

"I look at other people that were [at the hospital] and I still have most of my leg and hope to walk again soon", he said.

"It is what it is, make the best of it is all you can do", he says.

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

"I had my pocket knife in my pocket".

Kaser was alone and did not have his phone on him, so he said he felt like his only choice was to cut off his leg with his pocket knife.

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After performing the grisly life-saving task, Kaser was free and crawled to his house to phone for help, reports said.

"I stopped for a little bit but I didn't want to stop for long in case I passed out, there was no way for me to get help, everyone was gone at the time, I just did what I had to do and they (first responders) got me in a helicopter", he said. After receiving treatment, Kaser soon began both occupational and physical therapy.

Kaser said he doesn't remember how long the whole ordeal lasted but when he returned home from the rehabilitation hospital on Friday, he was shocked to realize how far he had crawled.

Kaser expects to get a prosthetic leg, and he's remained optimistic after surviving the incident.

"He pretty much told me his goal was, 'I need to get home and get back to what I was doing before, ' and his main goal was farming", she recalled to KETV.

"It is what it is", he told KETV. "It could have always been worse".

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