'No other choice': US farmer amputates own leg

The farmer was faced with a life or death decision after his leg got caught in the grain machine.
The farmer was faced with a life or death decision after his leg got caught in the grain machine. Photo credit: iStock

A US farmer has spoken about the horrific farm accident which saw him forced to amputate his own leg with a pocket knife.

Nebraska farmer Kurt Kaser told ABC News that he was working alone on his grain and hog farm, when he accidentally stepped into a section of the grain auger machine which was missing a safety screen.

"I stepped right in the damn thing, it grabbed ahold of me," he told ABC News.

He recounted trying to free himself from the machine.

"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."

The 63-year old said he had no choice but to saw his leg off below the knee with a pocket knife he had on him. 

"Finally it let go, and I got out," he said.

He said the adrenaline meant he couldn't remember the pain, however then had to crawl back to a farm office to get help.

He was flown to a trauma centre where he underwent emergency surgery, before spending three weeks in rehabilitation.

ABC News said Kaser is now waiting to be fitted with a prosthetic limb and counts himself lucky, after seeing other patients in rehab.

"I mean, they're in wheelchairs. They're not getting out of them."

"It could always be worse."

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