Farmer Gruesomely Saves His Own Life After Getting Stuck in Equipment

Farmer sawed off leg with pocket knife to save his own life

Kurt Kaser made headlines after using a pocket knife to saw off his own leg following a unsafe accident with machinery on his island.

Kurt Kaser, from Nebraska, was unloading corn last month when he climbed out of his truck and accidentally stepped on the opening of a grain hopper.

Kaser, 63, told KETV that he had told himself "this ain't good, this is not good at all" while attempting to remove his trapped leg from the device.

"I thought for sure I would pass out, and somehow something told me to keep going", he told NBC News in a phone interview Tuesday of the accident that occurred near the end of April.

As his leg was being pulled in and mangled he took his three-inch pocket knife out and sawed off the limb below the knee.

"So I just started sawin' on it", he said, matter-of-factly.

Alone and realizing he had to quickly make a decision, Kaser used a pocketknife to amputate his own leg to free himself.

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The first to arrive was his son, Adam, a member of the local rescue squad, the Omaha World-Herald reported early Wednesday.

Speaking of his traumatic ordeal, Kaser said: 'I did what I thought I had to do, and it worked'.

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 said, 'The only way I'm getting out of here is to cut it off, ' so I just started sawing at it".

"I guess I'm stubborn".

With the bone sticking out of his ankle, Kaser crawled about 150 feet to get to a phone, where he was able to call for help. 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.

I didn't know what to do. "It just sucked my leg in, and I was trying to pull it out, and it kept pulling", he told the station.

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