Firefighters explain decision to amputate trapped worker's arm

Doctors said if they had not removed his limb, the man would have lost his life

PHOENIX, Ariz. — It was just after nine in the morning, when Dr. John Gallagher got the call.

“He was bleeding a lot, and we needed to get access to his arm,” said Dr. Gallagher, Medical Director for EMS. Dr. Gallagher soon learned that a man who has worked maintenance at Sun Land Materials for seventeen years had become trapped in a conveyor belt.

“The gentleman's arm was actually amputated by the machine, there was just a little bit of skin and ligaments left." The equipment was so large and heavy that it took nearly an hour and several tools to access the patient. “We were simultaneously treating the patient and tearing apart this mechanical piece of equipment to try to free this worker,” said Captain Tony Mure with Phoenix Fire.

Full story: Phoenix firefighters discuss amputation after worker loses limb in conveyor belt

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