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Farmer Shares Tale Of Leg Amputation In Auger Accident

Last updated on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

(BRAZIL) - A Clay County farmer is sharing the startling tale of how he survived a farming accident that could’ve taken his life - instead of just his leg.

59-year-old Larry Knust, of Brazil, is now recovering from an auger accident on his farm that happened Friday. He said his foot slipped as he was sweeping corn into the auger. His foot got trapped in the blades that normally push corn into a bin or truck.

His presence of mind after that, though, is likely what saved his life. The auger was grabbing his boot trapping his foot and started to get to his knee. That is when he jurked and broke off his foot, before the auger would take his whole leg. After freeing himself from the device he hopped about 120 feet to his truck and drover two and a half miles to his father's home. There he laid on the lawn until a helicopter picked him up and took him to Methodist Hospital.

He is hoping to be released from the hospital in a few days. A prosthesis will not be fitted for two to three months. Knust says he intends to go back to work on the farm as soon as he's able.

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