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A worker’s legs were cut off as rescuers had “no alternative” in a desperate bid to save the victim’s life after he was entangled in machinery at an Alhambra iron foundry.

Firefighters were called about 1 p.m. Monday to the Alhambra Foundry Co. at 1147 S. Meridian Ave., Alhambra Fire Department Battalion Chief Doug Shonkwiler said.

Paramedics stopped the victim’s bleeding and stabilized him, giving him fluids and pain medication, before the decision was made to amputate his legs.

“When we were called, he was entangled in some equipment,” Shonkwiler said. “I don’t know how he got in that situation.”

The county Department of Health Services activated a Hospital Emergency Response Team from County-USC Medical Center and two doctors were brought to the location.

“There was no other alternative than to amputate his legs to get him out,” Shonkwiler said.

The man, who name and age were not immediately available, was taken to the hospital, where his condition is stable, Shonkwiler said.

–City News Service

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