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Woman almost cut off own leg while trapped under her car

Woman Almost Cut Off Own Legs While Trapped In Ore. Mountains

A woman who survived being trapped under her car for 10 hours in the Oregon mountains is now telling her story of how she almost cut off her own legs. Noel Shannon, 23, told KAPP she was driving into the mountains July 5 when she swerved to avoid hitting a deer.

Her truck ended up flipping onto the driver's side, and Shannon's leg came out the rolled-down window and became trapped under the door frame. She told KING, "Most of the time was just screaming and yelling and crying."

She shared a morbid tidbit that's inspiring much of the national interest in her story: the fact she considered amputating her own leg.

In fact the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, which also spoke to Shannon, begins its feature like this: "Using her keys as a primitive scalpel to cut off her own leg was one of the options Noel Shannon considered the night she lay trapped under her 1996 Toyota truck. Dying was not."

A bit dramatic, but to be fair, it is a pretty dramatic story. A KIRO Radio host prompted Shannon for more on what might have been. "I didn't want to have to do that 'cause I didn't know if I could actually do it -- especially with what objects I had. I had just my keys," she said.

She didn't end up having to amputate her leg because she was eventually able to break free and crawl 15 feet before collapsing on the road. Thankfully two men who were out for target shooting found her.

Shannon went to Providence St. Mary Medical Center, where she underwent surgery to repair an artery in her foot before being transferred to a hospital in Oregon, where her leg had to be amputated.

Shannon's family has set up a GoFundMe page and a Facebook page to raise money to cover her medical costs.

Shannon will spend a couple more days in the hospital before she can be sent back home to Walla Walla, Washington. She told KIRO Radio she's still planning to pursue her dream of becoming a personal trainer and opening her own gym one day.

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barryaclarke July 21 2014 at 3:17 PM

Something that is taught when you learn to fly is to “always” maintain directional control. As a pilot and a retired air traffic controller, I have always adhered to this principle and am alive today because of it. I have avoided two horrific automobile accidents by not swerving which would have meant loss of directional control……………

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brad July 21 2014 at 3:32 PM

This is why you don't swerve to avoid hitting animals. If Bambi wants to commit suicide, that's her problem, don't make it yours. This also includes all other animals, just let the fur hit the grille........

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buddwhyzr July 21 2014 at 3:37 PM

BS story---she would have bled death before she even got to the bone. A key.....puleeeeze.

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gov111w July 21 2014 at 4:29 PM

I wonder if she was wearing he seat belt ?
They usually keep you and your body parts in the car

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drodri8527 July 21 2014 at 4:21 PM

That mustve been one really sharp key. No way on this planet will you be able to amputate a leg with a key!!! Genius family member that found a way to get this story on the news, and then mentions go fund me.

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lv2213frs July 21 2014 at 3:23 PM

I know why she did what she did but it would have turned out better had she just hit the deer. I had the same experience, hit the deer, and had terrible damage to my car. However, I wasn't injured although I was told I was lucky it didn't fly through the windshield and crush me as happens in Alaska with the moose. I guess it's just one of those split-moment decisions we all have to make. I hope she's going to be OK.

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fm900 July 21 2014 at 3:06 PM

keys wouldn't of worked, being in situation like this, the mind will think of anything!

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theirken2 fm900 July 21 2014 at 4:40 PM

Which is clearly why she re-thought it!

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barbbberg July 21 2014 at 4:44 PM

AOL headline writing idiot: you're having a day. Just how did her keys save her life?

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CHUCK barbbberg July 21 2014 at 5:58 PM

Just where did it say her keys save her life? Did I miss something in the article?

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dgcajun101 CHUCK July 21 2014 at 8:14 PM

no! barb didn't read the story very well.

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bmwrjw barbbberg July 22 2014 at 10:41 AM

Apparently you and your three fans cannot read simple English.

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Mike July 21 2014 at 4:22 PM

What some people won't do to lose weight.

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slackwarerobert Mike July 22 2014 at 12:29 PM

"Does my stump make me look fat?"

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Cheri & Rusty July 21 2014 at 4:17 PM

was she wearing a seatbelt? That might have kept her leg from going out the window.

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dgcajun101 Cheri & Rusty July 21 2014 at 8:27 PM

I seriously doubt it. maybe she will from now on!!

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slackwarerobert dgcajun101 July 23 2014 at 11:05 AM

Why? What are the odds of having the same leg cut off twice? I wouldn't wreck a dozen cars worrying about it growing back and getting cut off again. I'll take my chances of my stump not growing back.

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