A "highly distressed" man has been airlifted to hospital by helicopter from a rural town outside of Sydney after accidentally amputating his own leg in a lawnmower accident.

The 56-year-old was using an industrial lawnmower on a tractor at Wilberforce on Monday when he suffered a mishap that resulted in him cutting off his lower leg.

Wilberforce is located 40km northwest of Sydney on the Hawkesbury River.

NSW Ambulance called in CareFlight's Rapid Response Helicopter at 4:25pm and the crew had just four minutes to be in the air after receiving the call.

The chopper arrived at the scene just after 4.45pm, where NSW Ambulance paramedics were treating the man.

A man amputated his own leg with a lawnmower. Picture: supplied CareFlight
A man amputated his own leg with a lawnmower. Picture: supplied CareFlight

Images from the scene show a John Deere tractor with a mowing attachment on the back of the vehicle at a rural property.

A CareFlight specialist doctor and a NSW Ambulance critical care paramedic then performed a clinical assessment on the patient.

The crews used an ultrasound and provided further treatment for the wound.

The clinical team then intubated the patient and placed him in an induced coma to stabilise his condition.

A spokesperson for CareFlight said the induced coma was necessary because the patient was highly distressed.

The man was airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.

The CareFlight helicopter, which is stationed at Westmead Hospital near Parramatta, has four crew on board.

It is operated by a pilot and an air crew officer, as well as a specialist trauma doctor and an intensive care paramedic from NSW Ambulance.

Originally published as Man in coma after freak mower accident

A man amputated his own leg with a lawnmower. Picture: supplied CareFlight
A man amputated his own leg with a lawnmower. Picture: supplied CareFlight


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