Out on a Limb

Elective amputation: an irrational desire or a fundamental right?

His leg bleeding and in pieces, George Boyer reached for his cordless phone. Seconds before, he had fired a shotgun at his knee. It was all planned, down to the last detail. He knew where to aim to avoid the most pain and tied a tourniquet to prevent too much blood loss. He forgot only one thing: the cordless phone didn't work in his backyard. Boyer's landlady saved his life.

That was in September 1992, when Boyer wished that his leg would just vanish. After his landlady found him nearly dead, he spent 10 days in the hospital, as doctors tried to reconstruct his shattered leg against his wishes. Finally, they were forced to amputate it from the hip down. Boyer was happy. "My only regret...

 
This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #1, Fall 2006 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo1/out-on-a-limb

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