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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Man cuts off toes to free himself

A gutsy 61-year-old retired logger feared he might die alone in a remote Colorado forest after his right foot was pinned under his truck.
Mr Hutt holding the pocket knife he used to cut his toes

With few choices, he used a 7.5-centimetre pocket knife to cut off all five toes to get free.
"It hurt so bad," Jon Hutt said, "I would cut for a while and then I had to rest."
Mr Hutt then climbed into his semi-trailer, his foot wrapped in a shirt, and began driving for help.

He had gone into the woods by himself on August 19 to retrieve a pile of fallen aspen trees to cut for winter firewood. A trailer that was attached to his truck slipped and landed on his foot.

He told The Associated Press that he began cutting off his toes about 30 minutes later when he realised no one could hear his cries for help. He said he could not reach his mobile phone, which was in his pick-up and out of range anyway.

Mr Hutt told his wife he would be back in several hours, but he did not know when she might start searching for him.

"I cut off my boot to see my foot, and once I realised how bad it was, I started cutting off my toes," Mr Hutt said.

Once he freed himself, he stopped the bleeding with a shirt and drove toward his home outside Montrose, about 280 kilometres south-west of Denver. He called for help once he was in mobile phone range. An ambulance met him on the way.

Mr Hutt said authorities retrieved his severed toes and took them to the hospital, but doctors said the toes could not be reattached because they were too badly mangled.

Hospital spokeswoman Leann Tobin said Mr Hutt was released on August 22.

Mr Hutt said he never thought about the 2003 ordeal of Aaron Ralston, who amputated his right arm after it was pinned beneath a boulder in a Utah canyon, until someone reminded him about it at the hospital.

Mr Ralston's story became the subject of the movie 127 Hours.

Ouch, I wouldn't have the guts to do what Mr Hutt and Ralston did. When I watched the movie 127 Hours, I couldn't imagine myself in that situation and amputating without anesthetics is unbearable.

News Source: http://www.watoday.com.au/