Friday, December 9, 2011

Man injured in unintentional shooting has leg amputated on his birthday

27-year-old Joseph Bingham and his older brother Seth, 31, of Juneau, Alaska had just finished a "fun day at the gun range." As they were driving home Seth was riding in the front seat of the pickup truck attempting to unload his pistol when he unintentionally discharged the weapon. The bullet hit Joseph in the leg.
Seth made a tourniquet for his brother's leg out of materials in the truck. According to their father, "Even though his brother shot him, it's also his brother that saved his life."
Seth was medavaced to a hospital in Seattle, Washington were doctors removed Joseph's right leg below the knee. A few days later, on Joseph's birthday, doctors were forced to remove the rest of his leg, about six inches above the knee.
The family has set up an account to help retrofit Joseph's home in Juneau for his new disability.

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