US Farmer Amputates Own Leg Caught In Machinery

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A farmer says he had to cut off his own mangled leg with a pocket knife after it became trapped in a grain hopper in northeastern Nebraska.

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. "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'".

Although most people would be devastated at losing the bottom half of their leg, Kaser is staying positive, saying: 'I guess I'm stubborn. "I thought, well, I was goin' in", Kaser added. Figuring this was his best chance for escape, he pulled out his 3-inch pocket knife and sawed through the remaining tissue and freed himself. "It grabbed ahold of me", he told ABC News.

He told the Omaha World-Herald: "I didn't know what to do". Kaser said he never lost consciousness.

With his left leg stuck in the hopper, he made a decision to take matters into his own hands. "I knew I was done cutting because I felt a amusing feeling, maybe it was a tendon I cut". I was afraid it was going to suck me in more.

Despite the nature of the accident, Kaser told local media that he remains optimistic because he will be able to walk again one day.

"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.

The farmer said shortly after, he proceeded to crawl towards his house using his elbows so he could reach a phone to call for help. He was released from rehab over the weekend but will need to wait until his leg is fully healed to be fitted for a prosthetic.

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