Our Darwin Award Winner of the Week

SRxA’s Word on Health was so shocked to read the following news headline – “Washington man loses his arm from a homemade guillotine” that we would like to share the following cautionary tale with our readers.

According to the man in question, the guillotine unexpectedly dropped on his shoulder Thursday severing his arm. However it’s what happened next that shocked us even more.

According to news reports, following the accident, he left the arm behind and rushed to Bellingham Urology Specialists.  Doctors and nurses from the office rushed to help but it was10 minutes before an ambulance took him to the hospital two blocks away.

Police officers later discovered a camp in a wooded area near the clinic which was believed to be the temporary home of the victim. At the camp, officers located the severed arm and a homemade guillotine, which they said was at least 12-feet tall and had been constructed from timbers that the man found by scavenging the local area.

A lot of thought and a lot of work and lot of preparation went into making this device,” said Mark Young of the Bellingham Police.  Apparently guaze and tape were found near the scene, indicating that this might have been something other than an accident.

Although the condition of this man is not known at this time, and we wish him well, should he not recover he will be a worthy contender for a Darwin Award. As many of you know, the Darwin Awards commemorate individuals who protect the gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives. Darwin Award winners eliminate themselves in such an extraordinarily idiotic manner, they thereby improve the human race’s chances of long-term survival!

While we don’t normally judge others – “Guillotine Man” qualifies on so many levels. Not only did he build the contraption in the first place, it seems he decided to test it on himself.  Then having successfully demonstrated how well it works he failed to take the severed limb with him for potential reattachment and, in perhaps his most genius moment yet, decided to seek help at a urology clinic!

We’d like to leave you with one final message – please don’t try this at home!  Have a great weekend.