A man in rural northeastern China used a fruit knife, simple saw and back scratcher to amputate his own leg because he couldn't afford the medical bills but needed to rid himself of the immense pain, local media report.
According to translated media reports, Zheng Yanliang, 47, who lives in Baoding, was diagnosed with deep-vein thrombosis in 2012 and doctors said the veins in his right leg had completely collapsed.
His condition is very painful and painkillers weren't helping.
Unable to pay for the medical treatment, Yanliang decided to amputate his own leg when it started to fester and turn black, the reports said.
He reportedly lost four molars from biting down during his DIY surgery.
The infections have now spread to his left leg, and Yanliang is trying to treat it with iodine and gauze.
He wants an artificial leg so he can continue to support his family.