This is one medical emergency that was cutting it close! Literally!
21-year-old James Valentine is lucky to be alive after an accident on the job sent a razor-sharp chainsaw into his neck and shoulder!
While doing maintenance work on a pine tree, his chainsaw, “kicked back” and cut right into James!
His co-workers were quick but cautious in their rescue efforts and did the right thing by leaving the saw in James’ neck! Doctors say that slowed the bleeding down and allowed medical teams to safely remove the chain that was only a centimeter away from his vital carotid artery!
Had it gone in any further, chances are he would be dead!
Oh. Em. Gee!
It took 30 stitches and an hour in surgery but James is now in stable condition. He described the shocking moment the saw buried itself into his neck, explaining:
“I felt it. I shut the saw off because it was in me and it was still running and then I saw blood and I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh! What in the world!’”
Wow. We’d definitely be cursing a lot more than James is we had a f***in’ chainsaw sticking out of our neck!
Press PLAY see more of this AH-Mazing story of survival (below)!
We’re so glad you’re OK, James!
[Image via Allegheny General Hospital.]
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