Skip to comments.Man chops off his own hand with a homemade guillotine… and is now threatening to amputate his arm
Posted on 03/28/2014 10:10:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
A man cut his own hand off with a homemade guillotine after enduring years of excruciating nerve pain.
Mark Goddard built the contraption using an axe, some springs and an old gate post. The 44-year-old claimed he resorted to such drastic action because hospital staff had refused to treat the pains he suffered for over 16 years following a motorcycle crash.
I should not have to go to such extremes to get my pain stopped. There was an alternative and that was having it done properly in hospital, he explained.
Unfortunately for the man from Newton Abbot in Devon, the homemade device only partially severed his wrist and he had to finish off the job with a knife.
He then threw the hand onto a bonfire in his garden so that surgeons could not sew it back on.
There should never have been any need for me to do this. It would have spared so much distress all round but it was the only way. At least it will give me and my family our lives back, he added.
Mr Goddards pains still continue and he has threatened the NHS with a deadline for treatment otherwise he will chop his arm off at the elbow.
After being rushed to hospital, it was estimated that the former mechanic lost two pints of blood.
Mr Goddard was anxious to stress that he had undergone several psychiatric examinations since his difficulties started and had always been given a clean bill of health.
(Excerpt) Read more at metro.co.uk ...
P.S. Pix of arm and guillotine at link - you’ve been warned.
I feel sorry for this victim of socialized medicine. Unfortunately for him, he is likely unaware of the existance of “phantom” pain seemingly felt in no longer existing limbs.
Well that's a relief. He's officially not nuts for chopping off his own hand with a homemade guillotine.
I think they should play chicken with the guy and see what he threatens to do after cutting off his arm.
Could be a real life reenactment of the Monty Python “Tis but a flesh wound” scene.
Terrible. As a fellow human being, I feel great sympathy for him. I have known pain from tendonitis in the ankles and from arthritis, but nothing in the realm of what he has suffered. I would not be pleasant to be around if I hurt as he described.
If he had a verifiable online fund toward getting treatment in America, I would consider giving, and I usually do not give to charity.
Probably... though I kinda feel for the guy; this came about because nothing could [would?] be done about his pain.
Joking aside, at this point I think he has much bigger problems.
Did he have a band-aide handy?
He's as normal as that Abby guy.
Something could have been done if in fact they had taken some time to actually find out his ailment.
Maybe he should chop off both his arms to make sure his design is good.
After that his head would be the ultimate test!
they could have given him non-drug, laser therapy for the pain. still could. it works for this kind of pain.
Well, being in pain for years under socialized medicine can make anyone go crazy.
"Come back here! I'll bite your legs off!"
> Did he have a band-aide handy?
He didn’t even have a band-saw.
“Throw ya hands in the air, and catch them like ya just don’t care!...”
Dr. G would have been ashamed of that implementation.
Measure twice, cut once.
> Dr. G would have been ashamed of that implementation.
You’ve got a point - thing needs an angled blade. Of course, the Mk II may be some time in coming.
But he’s officially not crazy, he repeatedly has stressed this, although throwing his hand into a bonfire so it couldn’t be reattached seems pretty darned irrational, as bad or worse than chopping it off in the first place, like he’d been driven to some sort of mental disassociation, as if his own hand was an evil, alien being that was tormenting him.
If he had been regarded as having a mental problem due to the pain, he might have been more likely to receive treatment.
He just wanted to make sure he wasn't turned down for Social Security Disability!
I wonder what would have happened if he were 14, and his parents took him to Boston Children's Hospital?
With your teeth?
If he lived in America, he could have bought Medical Marijuana with his ObamaCare policy.
Didn’t the brother of the pot grower and pusher, Erik Rudolph, do that with a table saw?
He could’ve suffered of carpal tunnel syndrome, a very painful nerve illness.
Here in Houston we have a “Hand Center” where they surgically treat this disease. It is a relatively simple type of surgery. Takes approximately one hour and patient goes home after surgery.
too many doctors are afraid to give pain meds or the government will come after him....For people with chronic pain this is like torture.
It’s rude to lick your fingers.
Impossible! In socialist paradise medical care is best in world! Ask comrade Michael Moore!
I wonder if it has been used as torture… imagine if your government had a way to cause someone chronic pain with some reliability of severity.
A few years ago I enrolled in a photography class, and it was canceled after about three weeks. Our female Prof had cut off her right arm deliberately with a paper cutter.
Guy’s really willing to go out on a limb.
Would this be a time for gallows humor?
I didn't realize pot was Eric's major claim to fame.
I thought it was making monkeys out of the feds by (1) causing them (and the drive-bys) to make Richard Jewell famous and (2) leading them on a long, long manhunt through the Nantahala National Forest before being finally caught dumpster diving long after the heat had died down.
Funny story about his brother, though: http://www-cgi.cnn.com/US/9803/09/briefs.pm/rudolph.amputation/
I hope you got a refund.
He’s a handy fellow.
Much better construction. Say what you will against New Englanders, they take pride in their craftsmanship.
“He’s as normal as that Abby guy.”
(Obscure movie reference.)
Well now he’s a single handy fellow.
I’m outta jokes, could someone give me a hand?
There is a particular kind of mental illness that makes people want to discard a limb, no matter how painful the amputation is. There are some physicians willing to do the amputation, as long as they are paid. And then, there are those who want their genitals mutilated.
It is indicative of how far medical science has to go, that we do not know how to cure these people without mutilation.
Did she use something like one of these?
Allegedly, it will do 400 sheets of 20-pound paper at a whack. Dunno how many sheets equal an arm.
On the downside, it "comes with multiple safety features".
Sort of make a basket out of your arms, I think...
“they could have given him non-drug, laser therapy for the pain. still could. it works for this kind of pain.”
Could u be more specific on this or direct me to some info as my wife has chronic tennis elbow and we are always looking for a solution to her pain?
I get pain in my toe which was removed several years ago.
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