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Surgeon Saves Crash Victim By Amputating Limb

| by Sean Kelly
Dr. Amy Koler, Who Saved A Crash Victim Through AmputationDr. Amy Koler, Who Saved A Crash Victim Through Amputation

A surgeon in St. Petersburg, Florida, saved the life of a crash victim after amputating part of his leg.

Dustin Fowler was believed to have been involved in a street race on Feb. 15 when he crashed his Ford F-150 truck into a pole. Fowler, 27, ended up trapped.

"He had his left foot and lower limb stuck inside the vehicle," Dr. Amy Koler, who responded to the call about Fowler's accident and performed the amputation, told WTVT. "The EMS team had worked diligently to try to free him and extract him from the vehicle but it was impossible."

Koler and her medical team responded within 15 minutes.

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"When we got to the scene, he barely had a pulse," she said. "He was in the position where he could have died at the scene had he not been freed from the vehicle."

Within minutes of arriving, Koler said she amputated a portion of Fowler's leg.

"We do everything we can to salvage all of the patient that we can, but we sometimes choose life over limb and that's what we had to decide at that time," she said. 

In a similar incident in Australia last year, a 16-month-old toddler had his head reattached to his neck following a near-death accident that beheaded him, reports Fox News.

Sources: WTVT, Fox News / Photo credit: WTVT

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