Surgical team performs leg amputation at multi-vehicle crash scene

Responders were attempting to extricate a driver when a log from one of the trucks trapped the man


By EMS1 Staff

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho — A surgical team made an unprecedented save after performing a leg amputation after three semi-trucks crashed Thursday. 

Responders were attempting to extricate a driver when a log from one of the trucks trapped a man. In order to be rescued, his leg needed to be amputated. 

Two trauma surgeons, a nurse and an anesthesiologist were called to the scene to perform the amputation. (Photo/Kootenai Fire and Rescue)
Two trauma surgeons, a nurse and an anesthesiologist were called to the scene to perform the amputation. (Photo/Kootenai Fire and Rescue)

“It was absolutely a life or death situation,” Chris Way, Kootenai Fire and Rescue Chief, said.

Two trauma surgeons, a nurse and an anesthesiologist were called to the scene to perform the amputation, reported Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls Press

“This had never been done in Kootenai County,” Chief Way said. “It may happen fives time a year in North America. It’s very rare to take a surgical team to a scene.”

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