Wednesday 22 October 2014

Chainsaw blade embedded in neck

Published 02/04/2014 | 06:42

An X-ray of a chain saw blade embedded in the neck of patient James Valentine, a tree surgeon (AP/Allegheny Health Network)

A tree surgeon is recovering after he was rushed to a US hospital with a chainsaw blade embedded in his neck.

James Valentine was in a tree in Ross Township, Pennsylvania, on Monday afternoon when he was struck in the neck by the chainsaw.

Another worker helped him down, and his co-workers left the saw in place to try to limit the bleeding.

Mr Valentine had emergency surgery at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Doctors say the saw missed major arteries and, instead, cut into muscle.

The hospital released an X-ray yesterday showing the saw still in the 21-year-old's neck.

Mr Valentine works for Adler Tree Service in Gibsonia. Its owner, Dominic Migliozzi, calls the rescue "amazing".

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