now normally this would have made WTF friday (in fact it still will!) but you have to take your hat off to the older generation. thats the older BRITISH generation….
A man who sliced his arm off in a freak chainsaw accident calmly knocked on his next door neighbour’s door and said: “Please help, I’ve just cut my arm off,”.
John Stirling is believed to have been cutting a tree when his chainsaw slipped and cut his arm off below the elbow in Telscombe Cliffs, near Brighton, East Sussex, yesterday morning.
His neighbour, Steve Francis, told how Mr Stirling turned up on his doorstep after the accident. Mr Francis said he placed the arm in a bag containing frozen pastries to help keep the limb cold.
Mr Francis, 49, told the Brighton Argus: “He wasn’t screaming, he was as relaxed as can be. I didn’t realise anything was wrong until I looked down and saw his arm missing.
“I ran inside to call the ambulance and he sat outside on a stool. I came out and tied his arm up with a belt and towels. The ambulance people talked me through it.
“But through it all he sat there talking away like it was normal. When the ambulance came they put him on a stretcher and asked where the arm was.
“The paramedics were working on him so I went up the road and put it in a plastic Tesco shopping bag. I then put it in another bag with frozen pastries in to keep it cold.
“Then I gave the bag to one of the paramedics and they took it to hospital in the ambulance. He’s a brave man, I’ll give him that. I couldn’t believe he didn’t faint.”
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Mr Stirling was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton before being transferred to the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, West Sussex.
He underwent 14 hours of specialist emergency surgery last night and a spokesman at the hospital today described him as being “very well”.
The spokesman added: “He is comfortable and the early indications are that the procedure went well.”
A spokeswoman for South East Coast Ambulance Service confirmed that crews attended Ambleside Avenue, Telscombe Cliffs, at 11.14am yesterday.
She said: “It was a traumatic injury which caused a lower arm amputation.”
A spokesman for the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead said the lengthy surgery involved trying to reattach the limb.
“It is early days but we are hopeful it has been a success,” he said.