A father of one trying to clean a grain bin has had both of his legs amputated after he got caught in an auger over the weekend.
Travis Muller from the city of Windom, Minnesota State, USA, had his right leg amputated below the knee and his left leg above the knee on Sunday, 24th September.
It happened after the 30-year-old man and young father tried to clean out a grain bin but sustained severe injuries when he got stuck in the auger.
Officers from the Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office, the Windom Fire Department, and the North Memorial Air Ambulance rushed on site at around 3pm site to help him.
Travis was then flown about 150 miles away, to the North Memorial Health in the city of Robbinsdale, where he immediately underwent surgery.
Following the incident, his wife Jasmine Muller initiated a GoFundMe campaign, and said: “That afternoon Travis was helping clean out a grain bin with an auger inside.
“Sunday, 24th September we woke up to our ‘normal’ Sunday, watched church then headed to Mt Lake for a bike ride.”
She continued: “Things turned for the worst extremely quickly… both of Trav’s legs got caught in the auger, one up to his thigh.
“Many muscles, tendons, nerves, veins, and arteries just gone completely and/or severed, plus multiple bone shatters.
“There was/is a significant amount of dirt and corn in his legs so they are hoping the right can stay below knee level and that infection doesn’t occur but is very likely.
“Possibly more surgeries [follow] after that [to] make the more ‘permanent’ amputation cut for best chance of prosthetic outcomes.”
Jasmine added: “As life-changing as this will be and heartbreaking to lose his legs, the doctor said just a few more seconds and he would no longer be with us.
“Since Trav is still sedated he does not know of his condition and losing his legs, they think they may be able to remove [the] breathing tube and have him wake tomorrow, please send prayers.
“We know Trav is strong but this is going to be an extremely difficult and unimaginable journey for us.
“He is going to have a tough time not playing with his little girl for a while and this life-changing procedure.
“We love him and I thank God he is with us to see our little girl grow up and create beautiful memories.”
The campaign has raised a total of USD 76,918 (GBP 62,740) as of Friday, 29th September.