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Man Freed from Wreckage by Emergency Amputation

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

Fox News 13 has reported that a surgical team had to be called to the scene of an accident on Tuesday in order to amputate a man’s leg to free him from the wreckage.

Details about the Accident and Emergency Amputation

According to Dr. Amy Koler, a trauma surgeon who responded to the accident, said the man had his left foot and lower part of his leg caught up in the vehicle wreckage.

Emergency crew attempted to get the man out of the vehicle, but eventually called for a surgeon to respond to the scene. Dr. Koler and her medical team were at the scene with 15 minutes when they immediately realized that they needed to do something and do something quickly.

When the medical team arrived at the scene, the victim hardly had a pulse and the team had act with haste or the man could have easily died at the scene of the accident. Within five minutes of arriving on the scene, Dr. Koler and her team had amputated part of the man’s leg and were able to free him from the wreckage.

Bayfront Trauma Medical Director, Dr. Steven Epstein, says that doctors are trained to be able to perform emergency amputations like the one that saved the man, but the odds of them ever having to do that are extremely rare.

The man, Dustin Fowler, remains at the hospital in critical condition.

Police investigators believe that there was a second vehicle involved in the accident that may have been racing the victim at the time of the accident. Anyone with information about the accident or about the other driver is encouraged to call the Florida Highway Patrol.

Important Information about Drag Racing

According to an article in USA Today:

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reports that there were 153 people killed in 122 individual accidents while racing between the years of 2001-2010.
  • The key demographic for drag racing is males from 16-247 years of age.
  • Drag racing became more and more popular after the release of the 2001 film The Fast and the Furious. 


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