Kurt Kaser, 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.
KETV reports that 63-year-old Kurt Kaser, of Pender, was unloading corn last month when he accidentally stepped on the opening of the hopper and his leg was sucked inside by a device designed to deposit grain in a bin.
“When it first happened, I can remember telling myself, ‘This ain’t good. This is not good at all,'” Kaser told KETV.
“I have had other incidences. I try to hold my cool or figure out how to make the situation better at the time,” he told the World Herald. “It’s hard to describe. You want to survive and you do what you need to do to survive, I guess.”
Kaser said he couldn’t free his leg, he was alone and he didn’t have his cellphone. So he took out his pocket knife and sawed off his leg below the knee.
“I thought, ‘How long am I going to stay conscious here,’ you know? Because I didn’t know what to expect, and then I felt it jerk me again. I thought, ‘Well, I was going in. They’re going to grab me and pull me in further,'” he said.
So, he took his pocket knife out and sawed off his leg below the knee. “When I was cutting it, the nerve endings, I could feel them just ping every time when I’d start sawing around that pipe, and all at once it went and let me go, so I got the heck out of there,” Kaser said.
He then crawled 150 feet (45 meters) to a phone and was flown to a hospital. He never lost consciousness.
“Adrenaline kicked in so much that I don’t know if it hurt or not,” he told ABC News of the incident. “I had to Army crawl on my hands and knee and elbows, and kind of drug my back. It was about 150 to 200 feet on rock and gravel and stuff and [I] got to a phone to call.”
Kaser will get a prosthetic limb once his leg has fully healed.