Father builds guillotine and chops off own hand in bid to end years of agony

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Father builds guillotine and chops off his own hand in bid to end years of agony after accident left him in pain but doctors did not help...and it still hurts Mark Goddard, 44, used an axe, some springs and a gate post to cut it off Father-of-one from Devon says NHS has ignored his pleas for amputation Ten days ago sliced off hand and burnt it in bucket to stop reattachment But pain he suffered remains and he has issued deadline for NHS surgery 'I've told them that if nothing is done, I will take the arm off,' he said. A motorcycle crash victim has amputated his injured hand with a homemade guillotine to end 16 years of unbearable pain only to find his arm still hurts. Desperate Mark Goddard, 44, says he was driven to cut it off because the NHS refused to, and even burned his severed limb to ensure surgeons could not reattach it. The father-of-one took a fortnight to build the guillotine using an axe, some springs and an old gate post, which took his left hand off ten days ago. But unfortunately the DIY amputation in his garden, carried out without any anaesthetic, has failed to take away the pain that has tormented him since he was 28. Mr Goddard from Newton Abbot, Devon, has now told his local hospital that unless they cut his arm off from the elbow by December he will do it himself. The unemployed former garage owner, who is right handed, says his severe pain began after a 1998 motorbike accident left him with nerve damage. But doctors refused to operate because they considered his hand and wrist healthy, he said. 'I should not have to go to such extremes to get my pain stopped,' Mr Goddard said. 'There was an alternative and that was having it done properly in hospital. But no one would do anything to help me - so I did it myself. 'I got rid of it because they told me they had problems amputating my arm with a good hand on it. 'So It took it off myself and now there is no reason why the can't operate.'

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