You may have seen the movie 127 Hours, in which James Franco portrays a man who was forced to cut his leg off to escape death out in the wilderness. That was based on an incredible true story, and now there is a new version of this nightmarish scenario that took place near Pender, Nebraska. Kurtis Kaser, a 63-year-old grain farmer, found himself stuck in a grain auger and was forced to make an unthinkable decision.
Kaser was engaged in a normal, everyday task, unloading corn into a grain deposit, when suddenly his foot got caught. He described his immediate thoughts to a local TV station:
“Stepped into the hopper in the little hole. It just sucked my leg in and I was trying to pull it out, but it kept pulling. When it first happened, I remember thinking, ‘This ain’t good. This is not good at all.’ ”
Kaser didn’t have his cellphone on him and the auger was sucking his leg in further. What happened next is something that no person ever wants to experience.
“I had my pocket knife in my pocket. I said, ‘The only way I’m getting out of here is to cut it off,’ so I just started sawing at it. When I was cutting it, the nerve endings, I could feel, like, the ping every time I sawed around that pipe, and all at once it went and it let me go and I got the heck out of there.”
Watch the video below to hear his story first-hand…