Jun 14, 2010 6:13 PM by Greg Boyce

Energy company donates new furnace to amputee

An energy company has donated a new furnace to a Connecticut man who cut off most of his left arm after it got stuck in his home's boiler.

Reginald Duby, a manager at Automatic TLC Energy, says workers installed the furnace Monday at Jonathan Metz's home in West Hartford.  Metz was working on his boiler on June 6 when his arm got stuck.  He was rescued three days later when worried co-workers went to his home and called police.

Metz used his own tools to cut off most of his arm when he smelled his flesh beginning to rot. Paramedics completed the amputation.  Metz's family says he remains hospitalized but is out of intensive care.

Metz has scheduled a news conference at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center on Tuesday to talk about his ordeal.


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