In a mix of luck, fast-acting helpers and medical attention, what would have been a gruesome accident turned out WAY better than you could have imagined.
James Valentine, 21, survived a work accident that sent a chainsaw blade deep into his neck and shoulder very narrowly missing the vital artery to the brain.
Valentine was on his job with Adler Tree Service in Gibsonia, north of Pittsburgh, and was performing maintenance work on a pine tree when the chainsaw “kicked back,” Becca Valentine said.
The blade sawed into flesh instead of wood. Valentine’s co-workers were able to detach the blade from its motor, but they left the blade and chain where it was — in Valentine, about a quarter of an inch from the carotid artery that supplies blood to the head — and they held the blade in place until emergency responders arrived.
He had been in a harness half way up the tree. A coworker brought him down. Had they removed the blade, he likely would have bled to death. He remained conscious throughout the ordeal.
After an hour of surgery, he is in stable condition at the hospital. While he sustained injuries to muscles and soft tissue around the shoulder, there was no major blood loss.
Modern medicine is miraculous! And it sounds like the workers should be commended for their safety response.