Authorities To Return Amputated Leg To South Carolina Man

MAIDEN, N.C. — Authorities say a South Carolina man who mistakenly lost his amputated leg when it was sold in a barbecue smoker at a public auction will get the appendage back.

John Wood had been battling to regain custody of the leg from Shannon Whisnant. Whisnant found the leg in a barbecue smoker he purchased at an auction of Wood’s belongings last week.

Whisnant first turned the leg over to police but later claimed ownership of it, saying he wanted to charge admission for people to see it.

Wood’s leg was amputated three years ago after an airplane crash. He had been keeping the leg so it could be cremated with him when he dies.

Capt. Tracy Ledford of the Maiden Police Department says Wood, of Simpsonville, S.C., has arranged to pick up the leg.


I had no idea that someone could keep amputated body parts.  I always thought that the doctors just cremated it.  But I wonder if his leg was somehow preserved?

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