Connecticut Jonathan Metz had his arm stuck in his furnace boiler for about 12 hours when he asked himself “what would MacGyver do?” and decided that amputating the limb was his only chance for survival.
The 31-year-old West Hartford man, who was released from the hospital Monday, met with the media Tuesday for the first time since getting his arm stuck in his furnace for two days and cutting off most of the limb.
Metz said he considered every other option before thinking of the 1980s TV character and settling on amputation. He said he had the fantasy that he could cut off the arm, run upstairs and put it in his freezer and then call 911.
He used a saw blade to cut off most of his arm. When Metz did not answer the doorbell at his home June 9, a friend called police, who found Metz in the basement.
Paramedics completed the amputation, and doctors will be replacing it with a prosthetic.