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Incredible survival after chainsaw accident

Man Survives Chainsaw In Neck, Centimeter From Vital Artery
A Pennsylvania man is lucky to be alive after he survived a chainsaw through his neck, just a centimeter away from a vital artery.

CNN noted that"The 21-year-old tree cutter was taking down a tree in Ross Township Monday. He was cutting at an unusual angle to avoid powerlines. ... The blade of the chainsaw went into his left shoulder and into his neck."

His doctor explained to WPXI he missed every important structure, mainly hitting muscle, soft tissue and skin. James Valentine realizes it definitely could have been a lot worse.

The blade and chain had to stay in Valentine's neck until he got to the hospital so he wouldn't suffer any major blood loss.

KVLY reports "Valentine is in stable condition after surgery. It took about 30 stitches to close his wounds. I would have thought it would have taken more. That's incredible!"

Valentine says he's thankful for his friends that helped him down from the tree. However, he isn't deterred from his work and plans to go back as soon as he can.

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aupagandl April 02 2014 at 1:14 PM

sure it could of beheaded him

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JTalltrees1 April 02 2014 at 9:53 AM

don't use a dull chainsaw,it kicks back/duh!

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tricountyconst JTalltrees1 April 02 2014 at 10:26 AM

Cutting trees a knot and a change in angle cutting will cause the same issue his problem was not holding the saw correctly from the get go....He learned a lucky and valuable lesson hope he remembers it..

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Welcome Don tricountyconst April 02 2014 at 11:44 AM

Possibly I have not had an encounter with a knot that two of you have spoke of. Guess I was lucky or just did not make that mistake. Yes, I am glad he survived. One time when I was cutting with a friend, he cut his foot pretty badly. I had to carry him out. Fortunaty, he was not a huge person. The probem here was he was cutting on the other end of a tree, about 100' away, I was cutting on. When I cut free a branch, the tree moved kicking the saw and severly cut his foot. A bunch of stiches and he was hobbing on his way.

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Welcome Don JTalltrees1 April 02 2014 at 11:38 AM

I am not sure about the "dull chain" being the cause.

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Rita Johnson April 02 2014 at 10:08 AM

plans to go back as soon as he can.......You just can't fix stupid.

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renedecroce1 April 02 2014 at 2:27 PM

I think he's missing part of his left middle finger - perhaps it's time to consider a career change?

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Alan April 02 2014 at 1:39 PM

The Pennsylvania chainsaw massacre.

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vanclaybor April 02 2014 at 11:24 AM

chain saws are very dangerous. It is always best to er on the side of caution. when making tricky cuts, do a little at a time! for you virgins, pleas go to you tube and find a video on chain saw saftey.

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wilsonle123 April 02 2014 at 8:54 PM

Never use chainsaws.

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frank777b April 02 2014 at 10:50 AM

The poor guy had an accident on the job. Tree cutting is a very dangerous job, even with many years of experience. It's a bit tougher than sitting at a computer and typing insults. Give some thanks that he was not killed. Hopefully he won't ever go through something like this again.

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liondog96 April 02 2014 at 3:28 PM

I can never get those stupid chain saws started anyway. Try it. I bet no one gets those things going on one stroke.

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filliperogers liondog96 April 02 2014 at 3:53 PM

You have to keep them tuned up and gas out of them when sitting for a time. The gas breaks when sitting and wrecks gaskets on the carbs...course when they fire for a split second you must turn the choke off. And of course buy a stihl brand. They last forever under the worst situations

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ChingOW Mango April 03 2014 at 12:45 AM

Seriously - shouldn't there be a MANDATORY training course for something like this before you are allowed to use it! Just any careless idiot can buy and use these things - and they are dangerous! Get a clue!

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aunax19 ChingOW Mango April 03 2014 at 2:10 AM

Really? I'm sorry but you come off as ignorant and sound ridiculous. Accidents happen even to people who are trained. People who have dangerous jobs know they are dangerous...even if they are trained. You don't think any trained electricians have ever been electrocuted or that any roofers have ever fallen of a roof. Even if this guy doesn't do this for a living doesn't mean he doesn't have experience. Accidents DO happen. What you said (MANDATORY training) would apply to any power tool....do you really think they need to take drills and saws off the shelf and only sell them to people who have been trained. Ridiculous.

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Robbie ChingOW Mango April 03 2014 at 2:50 AM

My father owned his own tree business for over 49 years. He also had an accident with a small chainsaw. He almost lost an arm. Another time he was trimming a palm tree and a huge thorn jammed into his eye. Tree work is dangerous and all safety measures are observed, but accidents happen. As far as I know, there is no mandatory training course. You start out dragging brush and work your way up to a climber. If you aren't extremely knowledgeable about a subject, perhaps you should educate yourself before speaking.

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