Farmer amputates leg with knife to escape auger

Farmer amputates leg with knife to escape auger

Kaser was at the farm by himself in Pender, located near the Iowa border, about three and a half weeks ago, when he had to make the split decision to cut off his leg.

Nebraskan man Kurt Kaser said he forgot he had removed a safety screen covering an auger's hopper, and got his foot trapped inside.

Speaking of his traumatic ordeal, Kaser said: 'I did what I thought I had to do, and it worked'. "I was afraid it was going to suck me in more". He wasn't sure how long he'd stay conscious.

An auger in the hopper caught Kaser's leg, pulling it in and mangling it.

Then, the gruesome solution: "I had my pocket knife in my pocket". Growing desperate by the seconds, the farmer said he was left with one option.

Dani Willey, his occupational therapist, told KETV: 'He told me his goal, basically, "I need to get home and get back to what I was doing before", which was farming'.

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"I had my pocket knife in my pocket". Mr Kaser told ABC News he doesn't remember experiencing much pain. But he said when he cut through the nerve endings, he felt a "ping".

But when he got a good grip on the knife, he said he started sawing his leg about eight inches below his knee.

With the bone sticking out of his ankle, Kaser crawled about 150 feet to get to a phone, where he was able to call for help.

Following a stint at a local rehabilitation centre, Mr Kaser was released on Friday and will receive a prosthetic leg after his leg fully recovers. He hope to be able to with a prosthesis to walk again - appropriate conversations, he would run now with his Doctors.

Kaser, who has been a farmer for more than 40 years, is determined to get back to work as soon as he can. "I try to hold my cool or figure out how to make the situation better at the time", he said. "I paid the price of being in a hurry and not paying attention, basically".

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