An arborist’s leg was cut after a length of rope wrapped around his leg was taken from a shredder northwest of Sydney.
- Man’s leg was amputated by a tight rope caught in a shredder
- The leg was kept in ice bought at a gas station by paramedics
- He is in stable condition at Westmead Hospital
A 51-year-old man felled a tree on Wilberforce property in the Hawkesbury area Monday around 11:00 a.m.
A loose cord wrapped near his leg tangled in a shredder a few feet away, pulling enough tension to cut his leg.
The force in which the rope was pulled into the machine sent the man’s detached leg “flying through the air” according to the CareFlight response team.
The man suffered a significant blood loss, but first responders said his colleagues’ prompt first aid helped him immediately.
“The moment the leg flew through the air, the quick actions of others made it possible to grab and keep them,” said a spokesperson for CareFlight.
New South Wales police arrived at the scene and tied a tourniquet around the man’s bleeding leg, which “greatly increased his chances of survival,” the spokeswoman said.
The CareFlight doctor and paramedics from NSW Ambulance treated the man for transportation to the hospital in Westmead, approximately 22 miles away.
On the ambulance trip to the hospital, medical experts transfused blood and plasma on the man.
Paramedics also stopped to buy ice at a gas station to preserve the man’s severed leg during the 40-minute drive.
The man is in stable condition in the hospital, the spokeswoman confirmed.
“Without the rapid actions of passers-by, including the police, the response of ambulances and the rapid response of CareFlight helicopters, the human condition could be much worse,” the spokeswoman said.