NE: Man, who cut off leg to save his life returns home

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NEBRASKA (CNN) – A man in Nebraska is back home and adjusting to his new life after having to do the unthinkable, cutting off his own leg.

“Down is easier. I say down is easier than up.”

It’s only been one week since Kurtis Kaser came home from Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln.

“I got three little steps to crawl up to get into the main kitchen.”

The 63-year-old Pender farmer was hospitalized for more than a month after his leg got caught in an auger.

“This thing was running wide open and I know there’s a little hole there that I had cut so we could get this winter onto frozen ground and I stepped in that one little whole and it just sucked my leg in and my foot was up over here and I was sitting on my butt over there trying to pull it back out.”

Kaser didn’t have his phone on him during the time of the accident, but he had to act fast and remembered that he had a pocketknife.

“And I just started cutting, when I cut some of the clothes and the meat, I could feel pain in my leg when I cut a nerve or something, finally whatever all was there, it let go and let me get out.”

And the ordeal didn’t stop there.

Kaser managed to crawl on his own, approximately 200 feet from the Auger back to the house and called 911.

“Someplace over there is where I was laying.”

He was later taken by helicopter to Lincoln.

“I sat up in the chopper all the way… all the way to Lincoln and all the nurses, everybody was sitting there, waiting when I got there.”

Fast forward to Thursday afternoon, back at his Pender home.

“Then we stick that in there, we stick that in there, there.”

Kaser is now adjusting to a new way of life without his entire limb and says he’s making the most out of a bad situation, one that could’ve claimed his life.

“I’m sure I’m going to be doing the same thing again. I’m lucky, I mean sure, I hate it. It could’ve been worse, but there are people way worse than me.”

Kaser hopes to get a prosthetic leg soon and start farming again shortly after.

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(This story was originally published on May 20, 2019)

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