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Man who sliced his face open with a chainsaw drives himself 25kms to hospital

Bill Singleton was in a paddock alone north of Beaufort. 

The 68-year-old was using a chainsaw when it kicked back.

The chainsaw sliced his face open.

Bill managed to crawl back to his ute holding his face together with a hanky.

He drove himself 25 kilometres to a local hospital where he was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Surgeons worked for hours putting his face back together.

Neil Mitchell spoke with one of the surgeons who helped piece Bill’s face back together. 

Associate Professor Alf Nastri is head of maxillofacial surgery at the RMH.

‘It looked like a gunshot wound, his whole face was split open.’

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