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Man loses leg to woodchipper

Man loses leg to woodchipper
A man has lost his leg in a woodchipper accident in the Hawkesbury region northwest of Sydney.
The 51-year-old was cutting down a tree at a Wilberforce property, when a length of rope wrapped around his leg was caught in the woodchipper this morning.
CareFlight came to the aid of a man in WIlberforce who accidentally amputated his own leg in a woodchipper. (CareFlight)
His colleagues provided first aid and police tied a tourniquet around the man's leg, but he suffered significant blood loss.
CareFlight and NSW Ambulance also treated the man at the scene, before taking him to hospital.
The man underwent a blood and plasma transfusion on the road.
On the way, the ambulance also stopped at a petrol station to buy ice to keep the man's severed leg preserved during the journey.
He arrived at Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.