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Crash Victim Tries To Cut Off Leg To Escape

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An Australian grandmother who survived 75 hours pinned under her car tried to amputate her own leg to set herself free after her cell phone battery died as she tried to call for help.

Deborah McKnight's family Thursday revealed the agonizing details of her three-day ordeal trapped under her car after it rolled over an embankment beside an isolated country road in the state of New South Wales on Christmas Day.

Her recovered cell phone shows she tried six times to ring emergency services before the phone lost power.

Her daughter Ebony also revealed the frantic text messages she sent her mother as the family became more and more worried.

"It was very traumatic," Ebony McKnight said. "She told me she tried to cut her leg off but she couldn't get through the bone. I don't know what she used. I felt sick when she told me that. She doesn't know how she survived, she said she thought of her grandkids and kids. She is very tough.

"She is a fighter. I love her. She did me proud."

McKnight, 45, who lives alone in Tumut, in the state's south, was driving along about 3:00pm on Christmas Day after dropping Ebony and two grandchildren at nearby Batlow.

She told police she swerved to miss a kangaroo and lost control of her Holden Commodore, which was still full of the kids' Christmas presents.

The car crashed through a guard rail and over an embankment, tumbling upside-down as it hurtled 100 feet (30m) from the road and 50 feet (15m) down a cliff -- until its fall was stopped by a tree. It landed, almost hidden, on its roof.

McKnight's leg was folded underneath the car between the roof and the ground, crushing it and making it impossible to move.

And there she waited for 75 long hours. As the heat and a Monday hail storm made her fight for survival even tougher, she tried to scream for help as vehicles passed on the road above.

It was only when a local teenager was walking to a neighbor's property in the rural area bordering the Snowy Mountains that he heard McKnight's moans.

That was about 6:00pm on Wednesday -- three days and three hours after McKnight's ordeal began.

She was flown to Canberra Hospital, where surgeons decided to amputate her left leg above the knee. She was in critical but stable condition Thursday night.

Read more: Daily Telegraph

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