Nebraska farmer amputates leg with pocketknife after getting caught in corn hopper

Farmer sawed off leg with pocket knife to save his own life

Farmer sawed off leg with pocket knife to save his own life

"It just sucked my leg in and I was trying to pull it out, but it kept pulling", he says.

"I thought for sure I would pass out, and somehow something told me to keep going", he told NBC News in a phone interview Tuesday of the accident that occurred near the end of April. He couldn't reach his cellphone to call for help, and feared he would soon lose consciousness-or his leg would get pulled farther in.

Kaser, 63, told KETV that he had told himself "this ain't good, this is not good at all" while attempting to remove his trapped leg from the device.

"So I just started sawin' on it", he said, matter-of-factly.

"I had my pocket knife and I thought "well, the only way I'm getting outta here is to cut it off" so I just started sawing on it". Growing desperate by the seconds, the farmer said he was left with one option.

After he tried to free himself but couldn't, Kaser decided the only way out was by losing a limb.

"Everyone asks me why I am so calm about the situation and the truth is, when I was in Madonna (the rehabilitation hospital), I saw so many people who will probably never be able to walk again and I know I will be able to walk mildly normal, I'm fortunate". I about gave up and let it do what it was going to do.

He amputated the bottom part of his own leg, crawled 150 feet to the nearest phone, and remained conscious all the way to the hospital. "This is not good at all, '" Kaser told KETV.

Kaser said his recovery process has been painful, but he is determined to walk again.

His wife said they are now adjusting to the new lifestyle and within time they know everything will be back to normal. The married father of three grown children said he has been meeting with doctors to determine when he can get a prosthetic leg.