A MAN who lost part of his leg and three fingers after a freight train crash survived only through an accidental fall onto the tracks.
Jonathon Smith, 26, shares details of his life as an amputee and what he calls “an overly long finger” on his Tiktok page.
Smith fell onto the tracks on May 1, 2021 after a night out with friends in Cleveland, Ohio, according to his TikTok page.
He recalls going to a casino with his friends to have a drink, but eventually walked away from the group.
When Smith fell onto the tracks later that night, his unconscious body was pushed out of harm’s way by a bullhorn – the metal frame at the front of the train.
However, he was not entirely spared from an injury. Smith was seriously injured in the accident, resulting in the loss of three fingers on his right hand and part of his palm.
Smith’s right leg also had to be amputated due to injuries below the knee.
He was given the choice of trying to save the limb by undergoing a series of 12 surgeries, but told doctors instead, “Just take that damn leg.”
In addition, Smith suffered fractured eye sockets, nose, jaw, legs, kneecaps and ribs and had three chipped teeth, he said metro.
His left leg was repaired with bars and plates.
It could have been a lot worse without the conductor, Smith says.
“If he had looked at his phone I would have been just a bump, but he was paying attention,” Smith told Metro.
“He immediately jumped out and wrapped my arms and legs in tourniquets and called an ambulance.”
Smith woke up in the hospital five days later, he says on TikTok.
From there, he spent two more weeks recovering, followed by four months relearning to walk.
Just days ago, Smith posted a comment on one of his TikTok videos in which he responded to a question about his recovery.
“I’m still recovering. My left leg, which I still have, is the problem. I’m about to really chop this thing off,” he wrote.
Smith also shared on his TikTok that he’s waiting for a mechanical hand.
“Just waiting for them to call me and say it’s done,” he wrote.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18179934/man-lost-leg-three-fingers-train-accident-but-survived/ I lost my leg and 3 fingers after being hit by a freight train – I only survived by accidentally falling onto the tracks