Trapped in machinery, Nebraska farmer amputates his own leg

Nebraska farmer cut off his leg with a pocket knife after getting stuck in a grain hopper

Nebraska farmer Kurt Kaser was moving grain into a bin last month when his foot slipped into a piece of farm equipment, a grain auger that has a large rotating screw blade in it.

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 created to deposit grain in a bin.

Then, the gruesome solution: "I had my pocket knife in my pocket. I thought for sure I would pass out, and somehow something told me to keep going", he told NBC News on Tuesday.

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He realised that his only option was to "cut it off" using the small knife in his pocket. "I don't want to give up", he said.

Mr Kaser, a corn, soybean and hog farmer, said he never lost consciousness during his ordeal, which happened on April 19.

"The bone stuck out down to my ankle", Kaser told Omaha World-Herald.

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With no mobile phone near him to call for help and the knowledge that no one would come to his aid, the farmer of 40 years made the agonising decision to amputate his own leg. When Kaser couldn't find his cell phone, he nearly lost hope, "I was afraid it was going to suck me in more. I said, 'The only way I'm getting out of here is to cut it off, ' so I just started sawing at it", he told KETV.

"I guess I'm stubborn".

Kaser crawled about 150 feet to the nearest phone, called for help and was taken to a hospital, KABC reported. 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 know I will be walking again fairly normally.

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The department later said that it successfully rescued the two window washers who were stuck. Video from the scene showed the lift banging against the building and breaking windows.


The married dad-of-three spent about a week in the hospital and two weeks recovering at a rehabilitation facility before being released Friday.

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