Nebraska farmer saws off own leg with pocket knife, crawls for help

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

A U.S. farmer in his 60s whose leg was horrifically sucked into a corn hopper sawed off the limb with a pocket knife to save his life.

A 63-year-old farmer in Nebraska had to make a split decision to save his own life when he accidentally stepped into a grain auger last month.

Although most people would be devastated at losing the bottom half of their leg, Kaser is staying positive, saying: 'I guess I'm stubborn.

So, he took his pocket knife out and sawed off his leg below the knee.

Kaser said he felt the auger jerk his leg even further and knew it would pull him in. "I about gave up and let it do what it was going to do", he told the Omaha World-Herald.

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.

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".

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"I didn't have a phone on me, I didn't know where it had gone, so I just started cutting with the knife", Kaser told the station.

Mr Kaser then crawled 150ft across the farm to call for help, adding that he never lost consciousness and remembered his hospital journey. "I did what I thought I had to do, and it worked".

After a week in the hospital and another two weeks recovering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, he was released Friday.

"He pretty much told me his goal was, 'I need to get home and get back to what I was doing before, ' and his main goal was farming", she recalled to KETV.

"It is what it is", he told KETV.

His leg got stuck in a piece of farm equipment as Kaser was unloading corn.

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