Farmer Describes Cutting Off Own Arm

A Kershaw County, S.C. farmer has recovered enough to recount how he had to cut off his own arm to save his life.

Sampson Parker talked to WIS reporter Dan Tordjman, and explained that after he got his hand stuck in a piece of farm equipment and a fire broke out around him, he had no choice.

“If I was going to die here, I was going to put up a fight, and that’s basically what I did,” says Sampson Parker.

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This part caught my attention:

With his right hand still caught in the machine, Parker used his left hand to try to fight back the fire that was spreading in the grass around him.

“My skin was melting. It was dripping off my arm like plastic, plastic melting. I realized I was in trouble,” he said. Parker said he grabbed his knife again.

“And I just jammed it into my arm, just like that, just started cutting away from the bone — just dropped,” he said.

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