Hayden, Idaho - (The Weekly Vice) - A Hayden, Idaho man in his mid 20's sawed off his own hand and cooked it in a microwave oven.
The self mutilating victim used a circular saw to cut off his hand because he believed it bore the 'mark of the beast', according to police. The man then placed the severed hand in the microwave and began cooking it.
According to sheriff's Captain Ben Wolfinger, the man was calm and had already placed a tourniquet on his arm when authorities responded to his 9-11 call. The hand, which was found in the microwave had been partially cooked. The man was then transported to the mental health unit of Kootenai Medical Center.
Hospital Spokesperson Lisa Johnson would not comment on further details of the man's admittance into the hospital, citing patient privacy/confidentiality rights. It is also not yet known which hand was severed or if the man had a history of mental illness.
The Weekly Vice Reaction:
While The Weekly Vice regards news like this as unfortunate and wonders what kind of treatment this man may have had prior to this incident, we are more outraged at those in the media who have immediately dedicated half their stories to dispensing biblical explanations behind the man's actions instead of focusing on the mental health or medical issues that may have lead this man to take to his saw.
The mental instability of the man is obvious - and at that point, it really doesn't matter what delusions in his mind may have led him to feel the need for bleed. There is however a name for those who feel the need to amputate perfectly healthy limbs. It's called apotemnophilia.
Apotemnophilia is not nearly as rare as one may think and instances of it are reportedly on the rise according to experts. Doctors are increasingly faced with the decision of assisting these amputee wanna bees with their limb amputations, when the patient threatens to cut the limb back off if a surgeon attempts to reattach it.
Medical experts cite choosing the "less of two evils" as the reasons behind complying with the patients wishes. Experts contend that if an amputation is immanent, it is best that the procedure be conducted by experts in a sterile environment.
The patient is thoroughly screened by both medical and psychological experts before commencing with the procedure. Many states also allow the hospital to release the amputated limb(s) back to the patient after it has been sterilized.