Police: Wash. man severed own arm with guillotine

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- Police in Bellingham, Wash., say a man who walked into a medical clinic with his right arm severed indicated he cut his own limb off with a homemade guillotine.

Officers checked a wooded area near the urology clinic Thursday and found the severed arm and guillotine in a transient camp. The victim and the arm were taken first to St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham.

Police spokesman Mark Young says the man was later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in hopes the limb could be reattached. Young tells The Bellingham Herald the arm was severed above the elbow.

The victim was not identified. Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson said the man is in serious condition Friday in the intensive care unit. She couldn't say whether his arm had been re-attached.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com