Oxford Circle man amputates own arm

An Ox­ford Circle man with a his­tory of men­tal ill­ness, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, used an elec­tric saw to am­pu­tate his own arm at his home on Oct. 12.

The 34-year-old, whose iden­tity has not been re­leased, was hos­pit­al­ized in crit­ic­al con­di­tion at Al­bert Ein­stein Med­ic­al Cen­ter. He is ex­pec­ted to sur­vive. It is not known if his limb was sur­gic­ally reat­tached. After sli­cing through his arm, po­lice said, the man cut the de­tached limb in­to two pieces.

Au­thor­it­ies dis­covered the grue­some scene at about 8:30 p.m. when fire­fight­ers went to the 800 block of Brill St. in re­sponse to a re­port of an in­dus­tri­al ac­ci­dent. They found the in­jured man with his fore­arm severed.

They ini­tially were un­able to find the de­tached limb be­cause the man ap­par­ently had tried to dis­pose of it. ••

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