Archive for Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Man got stuck, tried self-amputation

June 16, 2010


— 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.


Elrond 5 years, 7 months ago

He didn't think he could wait it out as he had already been trapped for 2 days with no apparent rescue in sight. No water = death. Rule of thumb, humans can last 3 minutes without air 3 days without water


monkey_c 5 years, 7 months ago

And Dude, this really flipped me out last night when I heard it. 12 hours...that's how long he'd been there when he started considering amputaion, and less than 24 hours before he attempted this. I'd wait til the hunger pain led to mind dillussion before I started thinking about cutting off my arm!!!

1029 5 years, 7 months ago

This story was on CNN several days ago and it said he decided to cut his arm off because he could smell it decaying.

1029 5 years, 7 months ago

And he was able to get water from condensation on the furnace or something, so he wasn't without water for those two days.

whatadrag 5 years, 7 months ago

And his wife had been bringing him pancakes

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 7 months ago

He must be a fan of Elizabeth. That explains it all.

somedude20 5 years, 7 months ago

maybe he heard that Def Leppard was looking for a new drummer and he wanted to be just as good so he axed the arm?

somedude20 5 years, 7 months ago

(I know that some pude will flag or remove this) but do you think that he was trying to cover up a severe masturbation accident by creating this story?

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