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Utah Hiker May Lose Leg After Fall

Shortcut landed him in drainage tunnel

A man who spent four days in a drainage tunnel in Utah after falling in and sustaining a compound fracture in his leg could lose the limb. Daniel Samuelsen fell 50 feet down the pipe while attempting to take a shortcut during a hike in the foothills east of Salt Lake City. After screaming for help for hours and waiting a further four days for rescue, Samuelsen splinted his leg with a piece of wood and managed to scoot out of the lower section of the tunnels, which deposited him by the side of a road. "I was near tears when someone finally stopped ... I was so happy to see somebody who cared about me to stop and realize I needed help," he said. Doctors at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City, where Samuelsen is being treated, said the broken leg is infected and may need to be amputated.

Via NBC

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