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Gingersnap
05-20-2011, 11:21 AM
Woman's Leg Severed By Flying Pressure Cooker
Victim, 79, Taken To Hospital

POSTED: Thursday, May 19, 2011
UPDATED: 9:49 am EDT May 20, 2011

MIAMI -- A 79-year-old woman's leg was severed Thursday morning when her pressure cooker fell off her stove and exploded, according to Miami Fire Rescue.

Fire officials said the woman was cooking in her home at 1736 SW 24th Court just after 10 a.m. when the pressure cooker fell to the floor.

"Right now, we don't know exactly what happened, but from what we are told, she was cooking, and for some unknown reason, the pressure cooker fell," said Lt. Ignatius Carroll, of Miami Fire Rescue. "The impact caused it to explode. Maybe pieces from the pressure cooker severed her leg completely."

The woman's leg was severed below the knee, officials said.

"We don't know what part of the pressure cooker actually did the damage," Carroll said.

A family member put a tourniquet on the woman's leg to slow the bleeding. Carroll said that if the woman had been alone, she likely would have bled to death.

This is bad news; canning season isn't that far off. :eek:

Local 10 (http://www.local10.com/news/27950778/detail.html)

bijou
05-20-2011, 11:39 AM
This is why I don't have a pressure cooker in amongst my excessive collection of kitchenalia. I have always thought this was an irrational fear of mine, but it seems not. :(

linda22003
05-20-2011, 11:44 AM
I've never trusted them, either. If it's not getting a leg severed, it's having to wipe dinner off the ceiling and walls.

lacarnut
05-20-2011, 12:18 PM
My mom cooked with a pressure cooker quite often. As a kid, when she was not looking, I would lift the valve on top of the cooker just to hear the steam release.

Gingersnap
05-20-2011, 12:26 PM
I use my pressure canner a lot at the end of summer. :(

bijou
05-20-2011, 12:33 PM
I use my pressure canner a lot at the end of summer. :(

Don't rush into any shoe buying decisions just yet. :D

Rockntractor
05-20-2011, 12:35 PM
I have 5 of them and have used them for years with no trouble.
They are not for people who could burn water.

pyackog
05-20-2011, 12:44 PM
I wonder if the woman's name is Eileen...

linda22003
05-20-2011, 12:54 PM
Last name Dover?

lacarnut
05-20-2011, 02:00 PM
They are not for people who could burn water.

Hey, that sound like my ex.

SaintLouieWoman
05-20-2011, 02:33 PM
My mom used them all the time, but toward the end we had to confiscate her pressure cooker. :D

She was getting dangerous, would turn it on and then forget about it. I've always had a healthy respect for them and not a water burner.