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Would you?moneyman
May 2, 2003 8:45 AM,1413,36~53~1364264,00.html

I don't think I would or could. Sheesh.

I want him on my team. nmcarnageasada
May 2, 2003 9:26 AM
YES! Wait. What's the question?Kristin
May 2, 2003 9:34 AM
Ugh. That's a grusome thought. The skeptic who lives in the back of my mind was jumping up and down like a first grader. How can a guy who just amputated his arm tie a turnaquet or anchor a line or rapell (the easies task of the 3, IMO)? But its on the official Denver Post website and they name names. Sounds unreal. You gotta be one tough doggie. I'd be lying dead under a boulder today.
Makes me wonder about the mechanics....sn69
May 2, 2003 10:00 AM
The article about this on MSNBC cited a similar story I remember from a while back about a fisherman who did much the same, only with his leg (below the knee). I remember an interview with him where he said there was no pain because the limb had effectively died and was without feeling. Any doctors in the house who can comment?

I wonder if this poor (but tough-as-nails) guy was in the same situation. Sounds like a big rock, and I'm sure the arm was squashed beyond repair. Still, the decision process and fortitude involved in this are amazing. I hope he recovers fully and goes on to continue enjoying nature.
I'm no doctor but...Dwayne Barry
May 2, 2003 11:36 AM
the guys choices were pretty sparse. Depending on how the bolder landed on him etc., he probably just had to cut through dead tissue. Any tissue not getting blood dies fairly rapidly. If it snapped his forearm bones he may not have even had to cut through bone. After several days pinned under a 200 lb boulder, even if someone found him I'm fairly certain his arm would have been amputated anyway.
I don't know...Matno
May 5, 2003 12:41 PM
Man. Talk about a tough mental decision to make. Apparently this guy was pretty calm about the whole thing. Hiked out and calmly told the first people he met what had happened and asked for some water!

In answer to the previous posts, after 2 days, he most assuredly did not have feeling in that arm. At least where the circulation was cut off. Chances are that since the part he could get to was not the part under pressure, he may have still had SOME sensation there, but I doubt it. His arm was a lost cause after just a few hours. (Muscle tissue begins to become necrotic slower than most body tissues, but nothing lasts very long without oxygen).

Apparently, he was climbing, put his arm in a crack and the rock just shifted slightly pinning him there. Must have been a very heavy rock to do that. Normally, you can pull your arm/hand out of just about any space big enough for your hand to be in in the first place. My guess is that the rock probably did wedge tight enough that the bones were either crushed or at least completely wedged. Talk about a moment of panic (not to mention the rising panic after the first realization). I can't even imagine how hard that would be mentally. At least he had a pocket knife he could reach! Think how hard it would have been to chew through his arm...