HARRISON, Ark. -- A farmer whose arm was torn off in a tractor accident picked up the limb, climbed back on and headed for home to get help.
"What was I supposed to do? Lie there and die?" James Arlen Mondy's wife quoted him as saying.
Doctors at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, Mo., were unable to reattach his arm after the Dec. 16 accident. He was recovering at the hospital Tuesday.
Mondy, 56, was bumped off his tractor when it hit a hole, said his wife, Janet Mondy. The spinning blades of a brush cutter then chopped off his arm at the shoulder.
On his ride home, he had to stop to open a gate, drove through, then got off the tractor again to close the gate, and continued on his way. He started to feel lightheaded, but met a passing couple who summoned help.