Pa. tree service worker survives chainsaw accident

PITTSBURGH - A Pennsylvania tree service worker is in the hospital recovering from a horrific chainsaw accident, according to a report from WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh.

The blade lodged in his neck, which is what doctors say saved his life.

Luckily for James Valentine, the chainsaw barely missed a major artery in the neck.

"I felt it and shut the saw off. It was in me and still running. I saw the blood and it was, 'Oh my gosh, what in the world,'" Valentine told WPXI-TV.

The 21-year-old tree cutter was taking down a tree on Monday. He was cutting at an unusual angle to avoid power lines.

The blade of the chainsaw went into Valentine's left shoulder and cut into his neck. A co-worker helped Valentine down from the tree. When paramedics arrived they had a tough job taking the motor apart from the blade.

The doctor said that "an inch in either direction may (have changed) the outcome of this."

"In his case blessedly, he missed every important structure, just had a little what we call soft muscle and skin. We fixed that and repaired that and he's done quite well," said Dr. Christine Toevs.

Valentine said he will take a few days to recover, but he plans on getting right back to his job.


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