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A man found stumbling along a street carrying his own severed arm has had his life saved by the "divine intervention" of two passers-by.
The young man – who has not been named – accidentally cut off the arm at the shoulder while working with a buzz saw.
He picked it up and staggered out of the store in Lewiston, Maine, USA.
Miraculously, the first two people he came across were council workmen who had been taught how to tie tourniquets.
They stopped him bleeding out while other workers called the emergency services.
He was rushed to hospital while police followed the blood train back to the store where the accident happened at around 9am on Friday.
Mary Ann Brenchick, director of Lewiston Public Works, said Cam Bernard and Bob Olsen, the two workers who rushed to help the man, are both tree surgeons trained to use such life saving techniques.
She told the Sun Journal: "It had to be divine intervention because two of my best guys just happened to be there sanding sidewalks.
"It couldn’t have been better guys for this kind of situation. I really hope it made a difference for that guy.”
The man underwent surgery on Friday and is believed to be recovering. It is not known if it was possible to reattach the arm.
Health and safety authorities have been informed and an investigation started.
Medical experts say if people come across a person suffering the such an injury they should dial 999 immediately.
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Until help arrives they should apply a tourniquet or press a clean cloth or plastic bag against the wound to slow blood loss.
The detached limb should be rinsed off with clean cold water if possible, and put in a plastic bag or waterproof container.
If ice is available it should be laid on top of it, but not covered in ice as this will damage the body part.
For more advice visit webmd.
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