(CNN)A farmer in Nebraska was just trying to transfer some corn from one place to another when he accidentally stepped into a hole, the hole happened to be a grain auger.
Kurtis Kaser, 63, knew he had to act quick as his leg was getting pulled into the machine.
“I didn’t know what to do and I didn’t know how long I would keep my consciousness either, I about gave up but then I remembered I had my pocket knife,” Kaser told CNN.
Kaser was at the farm by himself in Pender, located near the Iowa border, about three and a half weeks ago, when he had to make the split decision to cut off his leg.
“I didn’t have a phone on me, I didn’t know where it had gone, so I just started cutting with the knife,” he said. “I knew I was done cutting because I felt a funny feeling, maybe it was a tendon I cut.”
The farmer said shortly after, he proceeded to crawl towards his house using his elbows so he could reach a phone to call for help.
“I stopped for a little bit but I didn’t want to stop for long in case I passed out, there was no way for me to get help, everyone was gone at the time, I just did what I had to do and they (first responders) got me in a helicopter,” he said.