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Man chops off his own hand with a homemade guillotine… and is now threatening to amputate his arm
Metro [UK] ^ | 28 Mar 2014 | Evan Bartlett

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 Goddard’s 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.

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So, libs, how's that nationalized health care sounding?
1 posted on 03/28/2014 10:10:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
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.



2 posted on 03/28/2014 10:11:28 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

P.S. Pix of arm and guillotine at link - you’ve been warned.


3 posted on 03/28/2014 10:12:09 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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.


4 posted on 03/28/2014 10:14:53 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Slings and Arrows
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.

Well that's a relief. He's officially not nuts for chopping off his own hand with a homemade guillotine.

5 posted on 03/28/2014 10:15:02 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Slings and Arrows

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.


6 posted on 03/28/2014 10:20:16 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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.


7 posted on 03/28/2014 10:22:25 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: House Atreides
Unfortunately for him, he is likely unaware of the existance of “phantom” pain seemingly felt in no longer existing limbs.

Not anymore.

8 posted on 03/28/2014 10:23:07 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: House Atreides
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.

Probably... though I kinda feel for the guy; this came about because nothing could [would?] be done about his pain.

9 posted on 03/28/2014 10:24:45 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: lee martell

Joking aside, at this point I think he has much bigger problems.


10 posted on 03/28/2014 10:26:10 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Did he have a band-aide handy?


11 posted on 03/28/2014 10:26:41 PM PDT by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Well that's a relief. He's officially not nuts for chopping off his own hand with a homemade guillotine.

He's as normal as that Abby guy.

12 posted on 03/28/2014 10:26:54 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: OneWingedShark

Something could have been done if in fact they had taken some time to actually find out his ailment.


13 posted on 03/28/2014 10:27:02 PM PDT by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Maybe he should chop off both his arms to make sure his design is good.

After that his head would be the ultimate test!


14 posted on 03/28/2014 10:28:31 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Slings and Arrows

they could have given him non-drug, laser therapy for the pain. still could. it works for this kind of pain.


15 posted on 03/28/2014 10:29:29 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Well, being in pain for years under socialized medicine can make anyone go crazy.


16 posted on 03/28/2014 10:30:50 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: Still Thinking
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.

"Come back here! I'll bite your legs off!"

17 posted on 03/28/2014 10:32:26 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Bullish

> Did he have a band-aide handy?

He didn’t even have a band-saw.


18 posted on 03/28/2014 10:33:12 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“Throw ya hands in the air, and catch them like ya just don’t care!...”


19 posted on 03/28/2014 10:33:28 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Slings and Arrows
P.S. Pix of arm and guillotine at link - you’ve been warned.

Dr. G would have been ashamed of that implementation.

20 posted on 03/28/2014 10:33:35 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: dalereed

Measure twice, cut once.


21 posted on 03/28/2014 10:33:57 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: cynwoody

> 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.


22 posted on 03/28/2014 10:36:29 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: varyouga

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.


23 posted on 03/28/2014 10:36:52 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RichInOC
“Throw ya hands in the air, and catch them like ya just don’t care!...”

How?

24 posted on 03/28/2014 10:37:08 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
“But he’s officially not crazy”

He just wanted to make sure he wasn't turned down for Social Security Disability!

25 posted on 03/28/2014 10:39:42 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: varyouga
Well, being in pain for years under socialized medicine can make anyone go crazy.

I wonder what would have happened if he were 14, and his parents took him to Boston Children's Hospital?

26 posted on 03/28/2014 10:40:20 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Slings and Arrows

With your teeth?


27 posted on 03/28/2014 10:40:26 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Slings and Arrows

If he lived in America, he could have bought Medical Marijuana with his ObamaCare policy.


28 posted on 03/28/2014 10:41:42 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Slings and Arrows

Didn’t the brother of the pot grower and pusher, Erik Rudolph, do that with a table saw?


29 posted on 03/28/2014 10:43:21 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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.


30 posted on 03/28/2014 10:45:11 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: OneWingedShark

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.


31 posted on 03/28/2014 10:46:14 PM PDT by goat granny (.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

It’s rude to lick your fingers.


32 posted on 03/28/2014 10:46:50 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: 353FMG

Impossible! In socialist paradise medical care is best in world! Ask comrade Michael Moore!


33 posted on 03/28/2014 10:48:47 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Hey it could have been worse!


34 posted on 03/28/2014 10:51:45 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: goat granny
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.

True.
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.

35 posted on 03/28/2014 10:52:12 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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.


36 posted on 03/28/2014 10:53:26 PM PDT by LucyT (If you're NOT paranoid, you don't know what's going on.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Guy’s really willing to go out on a limb.


37 posted on 03/28/2014 10:58:12 PM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: bramps

Would this be a time for gallows humor?


38 posted on 03/28/2014 10:59:54 PM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: ansel12
Didn’t the brother of the pot grower and pusher, Erik Rudolph, do that with a table saw?

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/

39 posted on 03/28/2014 11:00:27 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: LucyT
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.

I hope you got a refund.

40 posted on 03/28/2014 11:03:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: bramps

He’s a handy fellow.


41 posted on 03/28/2014 11:03:53 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Much better construction. Say what you will against New Englanders, they take pride in their craftsmanship.


42 posted on 03/28/2014 11:05:46 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“He’s as normal as that Abby guy.”

Abby Normal?

:-)

(Obscure movie reference.)


43 posted on 03/28/2014 11:08:58 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: Slings and Arrows

Well now he’s a single handy fellow.


44 posted on 03/28/2014 11:09:01 PM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’m outta jokes, could someone give me a hand?


45 posted on 03/28/2014 11:10:15 PM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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.


46 posted on 03/28/2014 11:16:35 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: LucyT
Our female Prof had cut off her right arm deliberately with a paper cutter.

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".

47 posted on 03/28/2014 11:18:53 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Slings and Arrows

Sort of make a basket out of your arms, I think...


48 posted on 03/28/2014 11:19:08 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Secret Agent Man

“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?

Thanks

Mel


49 posted on 03/28/2014 11:22:14 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: House Atreides

I get pain in my toe which was removed several years ago.


50 posted on 03/28/2014 11:22:32 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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