September 16, 2011
Jon Hutt, a log truck driver from Colorado, found himself in an eerily similar situation as Aron Ralston
, a man who amputated his own arm to survive
. Jons 6-ton logging trailer crushed his right foot and with no other alternative, he amputated his toes in order to survive.
He was working alone on an empty logging road and help was no where to be found. With the trailer on his foot, Jon took out a small pocket knife and contemplated what to do.
"I looked it over and I thought, well I better cut this off before I go into shock or drop this pocket knife," he told ABC 7
With no way to call for help in the dense forest, he did what he had to do to survive.
"Got the boot cut away then I could see that those toes have been crushed, you know, basically off. I just decided I better get it done when I could," Hutt said.
Jon feared that shock would set in and leave him helpless. Rather than wait for help that may never come, he amputated the toes on his right foot.
Once the improvised amputation was over, Jon wrapped his foot in a shirt and got behind the wheel of his truck, driving in search of help.
Jon found help and was taken to the hospital. Authorities found his severed toes but doctors were unable to reattach them due to excessive damage. They sewed his foot and bandaged it, but warned the survivor that further surgery might be necessary.
Jons story is an example of mans ability to survive with outstanding bravery. The situation could have been far worse but now he is likely to make a full recovery.
127 Hours and other stories of Extreme Survival
Aron Ralstons story of survival was the basis for the film 127 Hours
which recounted the days he spent in a Utah canyon, his arm pinned by a boulder. After days of struggle, Ralston decided to amputate his right arm in order to survive.
The Survivors Club staff has compiled a list of extreme survival stories
Additionally, The Survivors Club has put together a list of wilderness survival stories