Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Farmer trapped in grain hopper forced to hack off own leg

Farmer trapped in grain hopper forced to hack off own leg

- A Nebraska farmer said he had to make the gruesome choice to saw off his own leg with a 3-inch pocket knife after it became trapped in a grain hopper.

On April 26, he was using the same auger to fill a bin with grain and forgot that part of the screen covering the hopper was still missing.

After trying and failing to free himself, he chose to chop off his leg - spending about five minutes sawing away at his own flesh, reports NBC News.

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

Instead, he took his pocket knife out and cut off his leg below the knee. "I knew I was done cutting because I felt a amusing feeling, maybe it was a tendon I cut".

He says he wants to go back to farming because that's what he's been doing his entire life and he had no plans of stopping now, just because he made a very stupid mistake around the equipment. He was able to call for help and was rushed to Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln.


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

"Then I felt it jerk me again and I thought I it was going to grab me again and pull me in further", Mr Kaser said. "Finally, it let go, and then I started crawling to the house". "I was in a hurry and didn't pay attention", he said.

After freeing himself he crawled 200ft to the nearest telephone and was flown to a hospital. "I don't know. But nobody has been able to find it", Kaser said of the phone.

"It is what it is", Kaser said.

He said it's not the first time he's gotten his leg stuck in an auger, explaining that a few years ago one injured his right leg.

Kaser expects to get a prosthetic leg, and he's remained optimistic after surviving the incident. Some [other patients] won't ever get out of their wheelchairs.

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