Nebraska farmer gruesomely saves his own life after getting stuck in equipment

Farmer sawed off leg with pocket knife to save his own life

A U.S. farmer is recovering after cutting off his own leg with a pocket knife to save himself from a piece of farm equipment he had become caught in.

A grain farmer for 40 years, Kurt Kaser knows his farming equipment well - but he recently battled with the tools for his life in a horrific accident that cost the man his leg.

After trying and failing to free himself, he made a decision to chop off his leg - spending about five minutes sawing away at his own flesh, reports NBC News.

He was rushed to the hospital, where he spent weeks undergoing rehabilitation before returning home on May 10. "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 thought, 'How long am I going to stay conscious here, ' you know?" 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.

"I felt it try to grab me again", he said. Alone on his 1,500 acres, there would be no one who could hear his agonizing calls for help. I don't want to give up'.

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Kaser said he's had other close calls on the farm, but nothing like what happened to him in April.

After performing the grisly life-saving task, Mr Kaser crawled to his house to phone for help, reports said. Kaser said he never lost consciousness, and told the Omaha-World Herald, "It's hard to describe". "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 adds to NBC News.

"It is what it is", Kaser says.

This isn't the first time Kaser has had a scare like this on the farm. He was released from a rehab center Friday, and now must wait for his leg to fully heal before he can be fitted for a prosthetic. Some [other patients] won't ever get out of their wheelchairs.

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