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Man's leg saved by CFA and SES

By: CFA News

Category: Incidents - Vehicle / Rescue / Hazmat

  10.40 AM 13 November, 2012

Location: District 9 News

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As reported in the Great Southern Star, surgeons have praised quick-thinking emergency personnel for saving the leg of an Outtrim farmer following a machinery accident.

CFA crews from Koonwarra and Leongatha South provided assistance on scene, along with SES, after the 51-year-old man became stuck in a mechanical hay feeder.

While attempting to clear a blockage, the man's leg was pulled into the machine.

While paramedics believed they would have to amputate the man’s leg, assisting crews were able to dismantle the machine and extract his leg.

A family member of the farmer has thanked CFA and SES volunteers for saving the man’s leg and said if it wasn’t for their extensive knowledge and experience with farming machinery, it would not have been possible.

The incident happend on Saturday 27 October and doctors were able to return blood flow to the man’s leg and foot by Saturday night. He will undergo a number of operations to mend multiple fractures.

Last Updated: 13 November 2012