Doctor recalls amputation with pocket knife in Canterbury quake | RNZ

Ten years since the deadly Christchurch quake, which devastated the city on February 22, Dr Lydia Johns Putra tells Lisa Owen about her experience of saving the life of Brian Coker. He was trapped in the collapsed Pyne Gould building. She amputated his legs with a pocket-knife and hacksaw. — Read on

Prehospital amputation

Originally posted on Auckland HEMS:
Auckland HEMS has recently added a Gigli saw to the medical pack in case a patient requires prehospital amputation. Fortunately the team has not yet been required to perform this procedure. Anecdotally, prehospital amputations that have been performed by paramedic staffed EMS in the Auckland area in recent years have…