How long should you wait to cut off a trapped limb?
A Colorado man got stuck under a six-ton trailer on Aug. 19 and decided to cut off his toes to free himself after just 30 minutes of squirming and shouting for help. The man played by James Franco in the film 127 Hours waited more than 250 times as long to cut off his arm. If one of your limbs is pinned down by a boulder or truck, how long should you wait before hacking it off? [more …]