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Jonathan Metz had been trapped for two days in his basement with his left arm stuck in a broken furnace. Smelling rotting flesh, he decided that amputation was his only hope.
So the 31-year-old fashioned a tourniquet near his shoulder and began cutting. He made it almost all the way through, but wasn't able to free himself.
He was rescued Wednesday after three days in his West Hartford basement when worried friends called police, and firefighters cut the furnace apart.
Doctors gave the account of Metz's harrowing experience at a news conference Thursday. They said the attempted self-amputation probably saved his life, preventing the infection in his gangrenous arm from spreading to the rest of his body.
"There was a little bit of fat that remained and he was in and out of consciousness," said Dr. Scott Ellner, Metz' surgeon at Hartford's Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. "It sounds like maybe there was a nerve there that prevented him from completing the amputation."
Originally posted by Monger
I'd probably just submit myself to a slow death. Don't think I'd have the co-jones to cut off my own arm.
Originally posted by LadySkadi
I don't really know what to say. A regular household chore turned into an epic struggle.