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Bodybuilder Avoids Double Amputation After Crushing His Own Legs During Stair Fall

Bodybuilder Avoids Double Amputation After Crushing His Own Legs During Stair Fall

GRAPHC WARNING: If you get queasy easily, then look away now - these images are not for the faint-hearted.

Dante McNulty is a lucky, lucky boy.

The British bodybuilder somehow avoided losing both his legs after a nasty fall down the stairs left him hospitalised.

40-year-old Dante got up in the middle of the night to let his dog outside when he took a heavy tumble.

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Hitting his head on the way down, the fall ultimately knocked Dante unconscious as he lay at the bottom of his stair case.

But unfortunately for Dante, he didn't land on his back facing upwards.

Credit: Instagram/@dantemcn
Credit: Instagram/@dantemcn

Instead, he somehow landed in a kneeling position and ended up staying there for hours before he finally woke up.

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But in the time Dante was kneeling, his lower legs were being completely crushed by the weight of his 230-pound body.

Having restricted the blood flow to his legs for that long, Dante developed a condition called acute compartment syndrome.

And in some cases, the sudden build-up of pressure from all the internal bleeding can often cause the loss of limbs if it's not treated immediately.

But thankfully, Dante had a friend nearby who could help him - well, sort of.

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Incredibly, gym junkie Dante cried out for his home device Alexa to call emergency services and he was rushed to hospital shortly after.

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According to a GoFundMe page, that appears to have been set up by his parents, Dante's condition declined rapidly even once he was under the care of doctors.

"He had severe compression syndrome in both legs, and not only were the surgeons unsure if they could save his legs, they were unsure if they could save his life," the information on the page says.

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"Sepsis had taken over and his kidneys had failed.

"His first surgery required both of his legs to be cut open to the bone, to release the swelling, in the hopes of saving his legs... He was put into an induced coma and on a ventilator, alongside dialysis and blood transfusions. Three more surgeries later, a huge skin grafting off his thighs, with metal mesh inserted inside his legs, 3 weeks in intensive care, another week in a ward and he was finally discharged."

The page was created to support Dante with any general medical expenses as he begins his long road to recovery.

And as of today, people have already donated £5,750 (AU$10,130) with the hope of raising a total of £10,000 (AU$17,620).

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We all wish Dante a speedy recovery.

As for the images of the injuries, we'll warn you again: if you're squeamish, don't scroll down...

Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Topics: weights, injury, Fitness, Australia

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Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.