Socialist medicine in action...

A man hacked off his own leg using only a hacksaw, a small knife and a back scratcher wrapped in a towel because he couldn't afford hospital bills. Zheng Yanliang, 47, from Boading city, China, was diagnosed  with a thrombosis in his right leg and was told that gangrene had set in.
"Ideally I needed it to be operated on, but I could not afford it. They just gave me medication and sent me home to die" One night, after his wife had gone to bed, Mr Yanliang found a fruit knife, a metal saw and a towel-wrapped back scratcher  to bite on and amputated his own leg.
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