Hungarian Man Saws Off Arm, Drives Himself To Hospital

Authorities say a middle-aged man who sawed his arm off in a machinery accident in Austria picked up the limb and drove himself to the hospital.

According to the AFP, the 37-year-old Hungarian man cut off his arm just below the elbow by a piece of machinery in Purbach, eastern Austria.

The man, whose identity was kept anonymous, was able to retrieve the severed limb from the machinery and drive nearly 10 miles to a hospital in nearby Eisenstadt.

He was later flown to a hospital in Vienna where doctors performed an emergency surgery to reattach his arm.

Police say the only reason he didn’t bleed to death was because he was in shock from the accident.

The Hungarian’s sawn off arm incident wasn’t the only of its kind in recent days.

In April, a California man entered a Home Depot store and attempted to cut off his limbs a hand saw, scaring customers into a panic.

The 50-year-old man, who has not been identified by authorities, was rescued by Art Hurtado, an off-duty paramedic at the store who used towels and a rope to make a makeshift tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

“There was pandemonium when I walked into the store. A lot of chaos, people running in all directions,” Hurtado told reporters at the time. “As I walked in, he was face down and I thought it was a crime scene with a fatality, that is how it seemed. There was a pulse, a very faint pulse and he was barely breathing. I knew I had to slow the bleeding down, or this patient may or may not make it.”

Hurtado said the man survived the self-mutilation attempt and it appears doctors were able to save his arms.

Police said they have spoken with the man’s family and are trying to determine what caused him to hurt himself.

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