Nebraska farmer saws off own leg with pocket knife, crawls for help

Nebraska farmer saws off own leg with pocket knife, crawls for help

Mr Kaser said he had removed a safety covering at the end of the auger in the winter to make the equipment fit under a grain bin, and told ABC News he was "kind of disappointed in myself that I didn't think of fixing that thing".

The scare happened about three weeks ago, but he just got released from the rehabilitation center on Friday.

Kaser then crawled about 150 feet to the nearest phone in order to call for help.

"It just sucked my leg in and I was trying to pull it out, but it kept pulling", Kaser told the news station. "I felt it jerk me again and I thought it would grab me and pull me further".

He realised that his only option was to "cut it off" using the small knife in his pocket.

"I didn't have a phone on me, I didn't know where it had gone, so I just started cutting with the knife", he said.

He said his family was not home and he knew it would be a while before anyone arrived at the farm.

He added: 'I look at other people that were [at the hospital] and I still have most of my leg and hope to walk again soon.

Although most people would be devastated at losing the bottom half of their leg, Kaser is staying positive, saying: 'I guess I'm stubborn.

After trying and failing to free himself, he chose to chop off his leg - spending about five minutes sawing away at his own flesh, reports NBC News. I about gave up and let it do what it was going to do. His occupational therapist, Dani Willey, said Kaser - who admitted that he "paid the price" for not paying attention - now has his sights set on returning to his farm.

"I like to be out and about and I know I will be", he said. Once his leg is finished healing, he'll be fitted for a prosthetic and Kaser told CNN affiliate KETV that he'll be back to farming in no time.

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