One evening while working alone in a factory plant, Paul went to answer a phone and tripped over a cable. He fell straight into a working industrial cement mixer. By complete luck, a lorry driver had pulled up outside the plant – they usually stay outside and wait to be unloaded, but on this evening the driver came straight inside and found Paul stuck in the machine and managed to turn it off.
By the time the cement mixer was stopped, Paul’s left arm had been severed along with his left leg, and his right arm badly damaged. It took emergency services over an hour to get Paul out of the mixer. Close to death, they flew him by helicopter to Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester UK, where he was treated by surgeons who are world experts in microsurgery.
Despite his close shave with death, and thanks to the expert surgeons, only one year after the accident Paul is able to do most things he did before – he drives and can get about like he use to. He even has planned skiing with his family. The video below from Bizarre ER series shows how surgeons reconstructed his arms and leg, using his severed leg for parts, including a working thumb fashioned from the toe of the leg he lost.