We get a lot of requests for amputation stories, so today we’ve got one, but be warned, this one is pretty intense.
While I don’t know the reasons behind it, Tegumai_B decided to remove his lower left leg. Typically the types of amputation we see on ModBlog are small digit removals, which are done at home. However with the loss of a large potion of a limb, Tegumai_B needed the help of doctors. Of course, going up to a doctor and asking them to remove your limb probably won’t work, so Tegumai_B used his own method of getting his leg amputated.
To start with, he spent most of a day with his foot surrounded by dry ice. To see what happened next, you’ll have to keep on reading.
Once he removed his foot from the dry ice, it was off to the hospital where he had his foot examined by a doctor.
Sitting in an examination room. My foot is the color and texture of frozen chicken. The red bit looks nasty, but doesn’t hurt.
After being admitted, his foot began to swell up.
Skin of the entire frozen area has filled with fluid. It’s like wearing a rubber glove full of water. Still doesn’t hurt.
You can see how his toes have already started to turn black. At this point, surgery is the only option as leaving his foot intact could potentially kill him. The next step of course is the surgery.
Back in the ward. Two drains in, which were removed the next day.
5 weeks after the stitches were removed, here’s how the leg looked.
5 weeks post-op. No issues or infections then or now. All done.
It’s now been 5 years since the amputation, and Tegumai_B is happy with the results.
Just a photo of my stump, for ‘proof of identity’ purposes. Amazing how many ‘amputees’ are out there with the same photos ;-) About 5 years post-op.
To see more of his incredible journey, check out the amputation gallery on BME.