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Farmer sawed off leg with pocket knife to save his own life

A Nebraska farmer had his own “127 Hours” moment when he became stuck in a piece of equipment — and sawed off his own leg with a pocketknife to escape. Kurt Kaser, 63, said he was moving crops on his farm in Pender last month when he stepped into a corn hopper and got stuck in the machine, which was still running. After he tried to free himself but couldn’t, Kaser decided the only way out was by losing a limb. “I could feel it cutting nerves… I thought for sure I would pass out, and somehow something told me to keep going,” he told NBC News on Tuesday. “I did what I thought I had to do, and it worked.” The ordeal last about five minutes, after which Kaser crawled 150-feet back to his house to call 911. The married d ...