Man gets chainsaw lodged in neck while tree-trimming

Man gets chainsaw lodged in neck while tree-trimming (Image 1)
Man gets chainsaw lodged in neck while tree-trimming (Image 1)

A Pennsylvania man was struck in the neck with a chainsaw while tree-trimming Monday afternoon.

James Valentine, 21 and a tree trimmer of six years, was up a tree when a chainsaw became lodged in his neck, ABC affiliate WTAE-TV reported.

The chainsaw kicked out on him while he was working.

“I shut the saw off and then I saw blood and was just like, 'Oh my gosh,'” Valentine told WTAE.

Another worker helped him and left the saw in place to prevent further bleeding.
 
Valentine was initially treated by emergency medical services, and first responder Greg Porter kept him from bleeding to death. He was then taken to a local hospital.

“When we were disassembling the saw, not moving that blade was very challenging,” Porter said.

The blade cut two inches deep, needing 30 stitches to close the wound. Most of the damage was done to Valentine's shoulder.

“He was extraordinarily lucky and very blessed,” trauma surgeon Christine Toevst told WTAE.

Valentine is expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday.

“Respect who you have, what you have, at all times,” he said. “[You] never know what can happen the next minute. You could be here one second and gone the next.”

*ABC affiliate WTAE-TV contributed to this story.

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