Mark Goddard, from Devon, has amputated his own hand with a homemade guillotine hoping to bid farewell to 16 years of severe pain. But unfortunately, his hand still pains.
The 44-year-old says he was forced to cut it off because the NHS refused to, and even burned his severed limb to make sure surgeons could not reattach it. He built the guillotine using an axe, some springs and an old gate post in a fortnight. The amputation took place 10 days ago.
Mr Goddard, who takes 40 painkillers a day, has been tortured with the pain since he was 28 when he met with a motorbike accident which left him with nerve damage. But doctors refused to operate because they considered his hand and wrist healthy.
The unemployed former garage owner, who is right handed has now told his local hospital that unless they cut his arm off from the elbow by December he will do it himself. Mr Goddard 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 they can’t operate.’