A farmer in Anhui was reportedly forced to amputate his own feet because he wasn’t able to afford a 10,000 yuan surgery necessary for infections brought on by frostbite.
SCMP relays from The Beijing News that the 44-year-old farmer, Liu Dunhe, used “shards of broken glass” to amputate his own feet when the pain became too much to bear.
Liu suffered frostbite after he’d tended to his farm bare-footed last winter, leading to infections and rotting tissue in both his feet. A local hospital told Liu that surgery to amputate his feet would cost over 10,000 yuan.
Seeing as he had no health insurance plan, Liu carried out the operation on himself in secrecy. “I used the glass to repeatedly cut through my muscle tendon. It was astonishingly painful,” he was cited as saying about the six-hour-long self-amputation.
Not long after, his wounds, of course, became infected, and Liu decided to tell his brother about what had happened. Local village officials took Liu to a district hospital and raised 23,000 yuan to cover the fees for proper surgery. He is expected to be discharged in two weeks.
In a similar case from last year, a farmer in Hebei suffering leg ailments chose to amputate his own leg with a fruit knife when he wasn’t able to afford hospital bills and the pain became intolerable.
[Image: CFP via SCMP]