A Nebraska farmer amputated his own leg after he was sucked into a piece of equipment.
Kurt Kaser, a 63-year-old resident of the town Pender, was unloading corn from a bin and moving it when he stepped out of his truck and directly into a hopper, NBC reported. Kaser, who has been a farmer for more than 40 years, described how his leg became stuck and he was forced to make a snap decision to save his life.
“It just sucked my leg in and I was trying to pull it out, but it kept pulling,” he told KETV.
He did not have family around, could not find his cell phone and worried that he would get pulled further into the machinery. Worried he would lose consciousness and his situation would worsen, Kaser made a snap decision that possibly saved his life.
“I had my pocketknife in my pocket,” Kaser said of the late-April accident. “I said, ‘The only way I’m getting out of here is to cut it off,’ so I just started sawing at it.”
Kaser described the difficult ordeal to NBC.
“I could feel it cutting nerves,” Kaser said. “Finally, it let go, and then I started crawling to the house.”
He said the situation only lasted around five minutes.
After making it the 150 feet to his house, Kaser remained conscious for his trip to the hospital and recalls taking a Lifeflight helicopter, he told KETV.
Kaser went through physical and occupational therapy at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was released from the rehabilitation center on Friday, NBC reported.
Although it is difficult losing the lower half of his leg, Kaser remains positive and plans to return to farming soon. He has to wait until his amputated leg is completely healed, KETV reported, but hopes to be fitted for a prosthetic leg soon so he can get back to work.
Despite losing part of his leg, Kaser attributes a headstrong attitude to his determination to get back to work.
“I guess I’m stubborn. I don’t want to give up,” he told NBC.