Rescue workers have amputated a man’s leg on a cliff in a scene reminiscent to Hollywood film 127 Hours, which was based on a true story.
Tsenolo Shadrack Rasello had his leg cut off below the knee at the Magaliesberg mountain range, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
His rescuers, who had been called by him on his mobile phone, had at first tried to free him by hacking at rock and pouring lubricant on to the limb.
They decided to amputate on Sunday because they were concerned for Rasello’s health after he had spent 50 hours trapped.
‘He was in a harness that allowed his body to be moved up and down a bit to facilitate the operation,’ said Frank Plani, a trauma surgeon from Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Johannesburg.
Rasello, who is in his 20s, became trapped on Friday while searching for ‘holy water’ in the streams of the mountain range.
‘Listen, if you have to take the leg off, take the leg off. But get me out of here,’ he is reported to have said.
The incident echoes that of Aron Ralston, whose 2003 story inspired the James Franco movie 127 Hours. Ralston had no way to contact rescuers and was trapped for nearly a week before using a dull blade to free himself from the boulder pinning his arm.