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A really close call with a chainsaw. Look at this x-ray.

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A Pennsylvania tree trimmer cut it close on Monday when his chainsaw slipped and became lodged in his neck, just a quarter inch from his carotid artery. James Valentine was trimming a tree in Ross Township, Pa. when the chainsaw “kicked back,” said Valentine’s sister Becca to CNN. A coworker helped him down and left the saw in place to try to limit the bleeding. Valentine underwent emergency surgery at Allegheny General Hospital and is recovering in stable condition.


An X-ray of a chain saw blade embedded in the neck of James Valentine, at Allegheny General Hospital, in Pittsburgh.(AP/Allegheny Health Network)


Nick Kirkpatrick is the foreign photo editor at the Washington Post. Follow him on Instagram or Twitter.

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