Imagine putting in three days of Arctic night cutting off your own toes! From the frozen north there comes the attention-arresting story of trapper J. Omera who, though lacking surgical education and experience, was nevertheless forced by circumstances to amputate four of his own toes. While inspecting his trap lines in winter weather 60° below zero, Omera suffered frost bite in the toes of his right foot. After a few days in his isolated cabin, removed by more than fifty miles from the nearest human being, he noticed that infection had set in and decided that amputation was necessary.
We see him set about his surgery in a thoroughly business-like manner, taking care to sterilize with boiling water his entire outfit of instruments, which consisted of one kitchen knife. For three days he worked.