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The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that in the midst of a major snow/ice blitz that swept across Washington and the Idaho panhandle on Jan. 19, one pile-up on I-90 involved Aleksey Tikhonov, 54, a trucker from Soap Lake, Wash., who was trapped when the crash sent logs and debris onto his right leg. When emergency responders arrived on the scene, they made a quick call to Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene.
DeTar and Togenson said they, along with a nurse and anesthesiologist, rushed to the scene and quickly concluded an amputation was the only solution to keep Tikhonov alive. The surgeons said a similar surgery in a hospital ER might have taken up to an hour, but in the cramped bed of the semi, the amputation took about 10 minutes.
Tikhonov was quickly prepped and transported to Kootenai Health, where he is listed in fair condition.