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Father builds guillotine and chops off his own hand in bid to end years of agony after accident left him in pain but doctors did not help…and it still hurts

 
  • Mark Goddard, 44, used an axe, some springs and a gate post to cut it off
  • Father-of-one from Devon says NHS has ignored his pleas for amputation
  • But pain he suffers is still there and has issued deadline for NHS surgery
  • ‘I’ve told them that if nothing is done, I will take the arm off,’ he said

 

A motorcycle crash victim has amputated his injured hand with a homemade guillotine to end 16 years of unbearable pain only to find it still hurts.

Desperate Mark Goddard, 44, says he was driven to cut it off because the NHS refused to and even burned his severed limb to ensure surgeons could not reattach it.

The father-of-one took a fortnight to build the guillotine using an axe, some springs and an old gate post, which took his hand off ten days ago.

But the DIY amputation has failed to take away the pain he suffered, and Mr Goddard has told his local hospital that unless they cut his arm off from the elbow by December he will do it himself.

Mr Goddard, from Newton Abbot, Devon, says his pain began 16 years ago because of a motorbike accident that left him with damaged nerves.

But doctors refused to operate because they considered his hand and wrist were healthy.

He said: ‘I should not have to go to such extremes to get my pain stopped.

‘There was an alternative and that was having it done properly in hospital. But no one would do anything to help me – so I did it myself.

‘I got rid of it because they told me they had problems amputating my arm with a good hand on it.

‘So It took it off myself and now there is no reason why the can’t operate.’

 Painful: Mark Goddard, 44, sliced his hand off in his garden with a homemade guillotine to end years of pain - but it still hurts
Painful: Mark Goddard, 44, sliced his hand off in his garden with a homemade guillotine to end years of pain – but it still hurts
 

When he sliced it off his horrified wife Samantha came home ten minutes later and found her husband had tossed the severed limb onto a fire in the garden.

She called the emergency services but by the time police and paramedics arrived the hand had been too badly burnt to be saved.

Mr Goddard says he lost two pints of blood but paramedics were able to stabilise him.

He previously tried to use a knife to remove his hand but only managed to severe three tendons and a nerve.

Grim: This is the contraption used to slice off the limb, which took it clean off. Mr Goddard then threw his hand on a fire to stop anyone reattaching it
Grim: This is the contraption used to slice off the limb, which took it clean off. Mr Goddard then threw his hand on a fire to stop anyone reattaching it
 
Determined: The stump of Mark Goddard's arm after he chopped his own hand off after years of battling with the NHS
Determined: The stump of Mark Goddard’s arm after he chopped his own hand off after years of battling with the NHS
 
Sabotage: As soon as his hand was removed he tossed it into a fire he started in this bucket to ensure it could not be reattached
Sabotage: As soon as his hand was removed he tossed it into a fire he started in this bucket to ensure it could not be reattached
 

Mr Goddard says doctors now have no excuse not to operate.

The former biker hopes he will now get a more ‘reasonable hearing’ from medics now they can see how determined he is.

He takes 40 painkillers a day but wants a device called a spinal stimulator implanted into his back to ease his pain.

Mr Goddard said: ‘There should never have been any need for me to do this.

‘It would have spared so much distress all round but it was the only way. At least if I do have the treatment it will I need it will give me and my family our lives back.

‘I’ve told them that if nothing is done, I will take the arm off above the elbow myself. I’ve given them until the end of December.’

Previous attempt: The father-of-one had in the past tried to cut his hand off with a knife - but failed - so decided on a guillotine

Previous attempt: The father-of-one had in the past tried to cut his hand off with a knife – but failed – so decided on a guillotine

Mr Goddard insist he has undergone three psychiatric evaluations and passed all of them and police admitted that he was still ‘rational’ after his amputation. 

Devon and Cornwall Police said officers could do nothing to save the hand after being alerted to the self-mutilation at 1:40pm on March 17

A spokesman said: ‘Police received a call from the ambulance service to say a man had cut his hand off.

‘We were concerned he might have a knife and be a risk to himself or others.

‘Units attended and upon arrival a 44-year-old man had indeed cut his hand off. He was otherwise rational.

‘The hand was badly burnt and was in a bin. Officers attempted to save the hand but it was badly damaged.’

South Western Ambulance Service said the casualty was treated for ‘hand and wrist injuries’ before being taken to hospital.

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