A farmer had to saw off his own leg with a penknife after he got it trapped in a piece of farm machinery.
Kurt Kaser, 63, from Pender, Nebraska, US, told reporters “I didn’t have no other choice” when he was asked about the amputation.
The pig farmer accidentally put his foot in a corkscrew-shaped drill, called an auger, when he was moving grain – and watched as the machinery tore the flesh off his limb.
Remarkably, this is the second time Kurt has got his leg caught in an auger, although on the last occasion he managed to keep his leg.
He told ABC News : “I stepped right in the damn thing. It grabbed ahold of me. I can remember seeing it start and I go, ‘this ain’t good.
“And then when my foot was in there banging around, I was trying to hold my leg, pulling it out, and I said, ‘this is not good.’
“I felt it try to grab me again. I about gave up and said, ‘whatever happens happens. If it sucks me in all the way, it’s over with.’ But then, all at once, I thought of my pocket knife.”
Kurt said he almost dropped the blade into the auger when he pulled it out, however he managed to hold onto it and cut through his leg about eight inches below the knee.
The farmer added: “Adrenaline kicked in so much that I don’t know if it hurt or not.”
He then crawled to a nearby shed, which he uses as an office, and used the phone inside to call for help.
A helicopter transported him to a medical trauma centre in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he underwent surgery.
He recently went through three weeks of rehabilitation at hospital and is now waiting for a prosthetic limb.