A man hacked off his own leg using only a metal saw, a small fruit knife and a back scratcher wrapped with a towel because he couldn?t afford hospital bills.

According to Shanghaiist.com, Zheng Yanliang, 47, from Boading city, China, began to experience bouts of pain in his abdomen that traveled to both of his legs. He was diagnosed with massive arterial thrombosis in both legs.

As the pain worsened, he decided to take the gruesome step of removing the infected limb himself to avoid the expensive hospital bill. 

Excruciating: Mr Yanliang took the desperate step of removing his own infected right leg

Excruciating: Mr Yanliang took the desperate step of removing his own infected right leg. He had been diagnosed with massive thrombosis and was in severe pain

Angiograms taken before the home amputation showed that all of the arteries in his right leg were completely gone.

Doctors told the Mr Yanliang, known in his town as being a ?tough guy?, the disease was very rarely seen, and he wasn?t likely to live more than a month.

For three months, Mr Yanliang was tormented by pain to the point of fuzzy consciousness, screaming so loud that his neighbors could not sleep.

He said. ?It was very painful and they gave me medication but it didn?t help.?

The farmer went to several hospitals in Beijing and Hebei but every time he was simply sent home with more medication to his farm in Qingyuan county?s Dongzang village.

He said: ?Sometimes the pain was so intense I would pass out, then after three months when it was really bad, they told me that an infection had set in, that I had gangrene, and that I might lose the limb.

?Ideally I needed it to be operated on, but I could not afford it. They just gave me medication. They sent me home to die.?

One night, after his wife had gone to bed, Mr Yanliang found a fruit knife, a metal saw and a towel-wrapped back scratcher and began amputating his own leg. (DAILY MAIL)

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