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    Post Always carry two pocket knives!

    Man amputates own leg to escape tree
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    IOWA HILL, Calif., June 7 (UPI) -- An Iowa Hill, Calif., man was listed in serious condition after he amputated his own leg when it became pinned under a fallen tree.
    Al Hill was reportedly cutting trees Friday near the Big Dipper Mine when a tree fell on his left leg, the Auburn (Calif.) Journal reported Thursday. He then spent 10 hours fighting for his life after amputating the leg with a pair of pocket knives before his calls for help were heard.

    "Someone heard him yelling (and) that person reached him about 6 p.m.," Iowa Hill Fire Chief Luana Dowling said.

    "The call came in around 7:30 p.m. that a tree had fallen across his leg," said Dowling. "He partially amputated his own leg just below the knee with a pocket knife, is my understanding. "

    Robin Montgomery, a spokeswoman for Sutter Roseville Medical Center, said Hill was in "serious" condition Monday.
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    I think I might hang out a little longer than 10 hours before chopping off my leg.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire View Post
    I think I might hang out a little longer than 10 hours before chopping off my leg.
    Definitely think I'd try to hold out a little longer as well, but then again, I wasn't the one trapped under the tree. Probably depend on if there was any chance someone would happen upon my sorry ***** as well. But all in all, I hope he has strong recovery.

    EDIT: After re-reading the original...he waited ten hours for help after amputating his leg before someone found him...doesn't say how long he was under the tree. Either way...takes guts to make that call.
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    Man the guy in Colorado that amputated his arm was able to hike out. But after amputating your leg, then what?

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    Ahhh.... its already been done by that hiker dude(even though it was an arm) This guy isnt anything special


    on a more serious note..... I would wait a lot longer than 10 hours to chop off my own leg... I got 2 pocket knives and a long wait? Carve a hole in that tree to get out....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post

    Think: What would McGuvyer do?
    You need a paper clip and tooth pick before thinking crazy like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post
    Ahhh.... its already been done by that hiker dude(even though it was an arm) This guy isnt anything special


    on a more serious note..... I would wait a lot longer than 10 hours to chop off my own leg... I got 2 pocket knives and a long wait? Carve a hole in that tree to get out....

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    Yeah, I think I'd be chippin' away at that tree before rippin' away at my flesh!!!
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    But after amputating your leg, then what?
    Walk in circles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post
    Ahhh.... its already been done by that hiker dude(even though it was an arm) This guy isnt anything special


    on a more serious note..... I would wait a lot longer than 10 hours to chop off my own leg... I got 2 pocket knives and a long wait? Carve a hole in that tree to get out....

    Think: What would McGuvyer do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post
    Think: What would McGuvyer do?
    I add my vote to asking why this guy started cutting on the leg before the tree. If you're so far in you have to take the leg, how are you planning to get out after the amputation? I hope there's more we don't know.

    Two pocket knives? I have a better idea. Cell phone or ham radio, or provisions to live off of while you spend a few days chewing through the tree with your cool MacGyver paperclip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElectricHoser View Post
    I add my vote to asking why this guy started cutting on the leg before the tree. If you're so far in you have to take the leg, how are you planning to get out after the amputation? I hope there's more we don't know.

    I think this is a perfect example of why you should thoroughly think through all aspects of a plan before you actually implement it.

    With my luck, I would have just made the very last hack at my now amputated leg, and as I was losing consciousness from the pain and loss of blood, a logging crew with a full compliment of all the necessary equipment to rescue me would pull up.
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    Screw McGuyver- what would CHUCK NORRIS have done????

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    Why start at your leg. Start at the tree. and keep on yelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingKiwi View Post
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    I wonder how long he layed there looking at that chainsaw just out of his reach........

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    What would he have done if it fell across his groin??

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    What would he have done if it fell across his groin??

    One knife probably would have been sufficient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by len1582 View Post
    What would he have done if it fell across his groin??
    No amputation necessary.... voice pitch increased significantly to the point that calls for help can be heard miles away.

    Alternatively, can picture that "terrorist captured" pic posted a few days ago, should be able to get free unaided after that.

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    Thinks... "Ouch, that hurt"

    Thinks... "Leg trapped, not good"

    Thinks... "I have two pockets knives, hopfully this will work"

    Later at hospital.

    Doctor... "Well done Grasshopper"
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtdemond450 View Post
    I wonder how long he layed there looking at that chainsaw just out of his reach........
    Ya, that was the thought that ran through my mind.

    Of course MaGyver would have fashioned a rope and grappel from assorted tree bits and some vines. LOL

    Chuck Norris would have just chewed his way through - providing of course that as our aforementioned collegue stated, it would not be too scared to fall on him.
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