Man Cuts Off Own Hand in His Garage to Save His Life

A 69-year-old man was making sausage in his garage when he went to retrieve a chunk of meat out of the machine and accidentally stepped on the pedal that makes the machine run.  His hand was caught by muscle, nerves, and skin, the bone was severed.  There was a knife nearby, so he reached for it and cut himself free.  The 69-year-old Vietnam vet said: “If I would have hesitated, I would have stood right there and bled to death,” he said. 

The man spent nine days in the hospital and underwent three surgeries. He will be fitted with a prosthetic in a few months after the stump on his left arm has fully healed.

“It would be very easy to sit back, feel sorry for myself and get depressed,” he said. “I went through Vietnam. I can handle this.”

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