Man Trapped Between Mountain Boulders For 50 Hours Is Freed After Rescuers Amputate Leg

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Man Trapped Between Mountain Boulders For 50 Hours Is Freed After Rescuers Amputate Leg
by Ben Russell
Getty, The Mountain Club of South Africa Search and Rescue
Amputated: The rescue team had to removed the man's leg to free him from the mountain

A man has had to have his leg amputated after he became trapped on a mountain.

Tsenolo Shadrack Rasello had been searching for holy water on Friday in the Magaliesberg mountain range, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

After he became stuck he called mountain rescue on his mobile phone.

They tried to free him by cutting away rock and pouring in lubricant.

But on Sunday the team became concerned for his health as he had been stuck for 50 hours and decided to removed his leg.
Rob Thomas, team leader at the Mountain Club of South Africa, said: "There's no amount of explaining that can really explain the predicament this fellow was in.

"It was way, way, way worse than what I envisioned."

Frank Plani, a trauma surgeon from Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Johannesburg, said: He was in a harness that allowed his body to be moved up and down a bit to facilitate the operation.

Trapped man Tsenolo gets leg amputated on cliff in story reminiscent of 127 Hours

Rasello, 26, is reported to have said: "Listen, if you have to take the leg off, take the leg off. But get me out of here."

The incident is reminiscent of that of Aron Ralston, who cut his arm off with a penknife after becoming stuck for over a week in Utahin 2003.

His story inspired the 2010 James Franco movie 127 Hours.

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