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Farmer Gruesomely Saves His Own Life After Getting Stuck in Equipment

Farmer Gruesomely Saves His Own Life After Getting Stuck in Equipment

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.

Kaser's foot slipped into the auger, torn from his leg before his eyes.

KETV reported that April 19 started out like any other day for 63-year-old grain farmer Kurt Kaser, but a simple misstep landed him in a desperate situation.

He said he didn't know how long he would be able to keep consciousness and he didn't have a phone on him.

The farmer then took out his pen knife and cut off what remained of his limb below the knee.

He told the Omaha World-Herald: "I didn't know what to do".

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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".

He said that while he was amputating his leg, he could feel the nerve endings in his leg "just ping every time I'd start sawing around that pipe", and that once his leg was free, he "got the heck out of there". When Kaser couldn't find his cell phone, he nearly lost hope, "I was afraid it was going to suck me in more".

He was rushed to the hospital, where he spent weeks undergoing rehabilitation before returning home on May 10.

"I guess I'm stubborn". 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.

Once Kaser amputated his leg, he then pulled himself to his phone - which was about 150 feet away and far out of reach while he was in the hopper - and called for help. "It just sucked my leg in, and I was trying to pull it out, and it kept pulling", he told the station.

Kaser undergoes physical thearpy to get stronger after losing his leg.