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Man who researched 'self-surgery' online dies after attempting to remove own legs with hacksaw

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A REslef-surgeryTIRED property consultant who researched 'self-surgery' on the internet  bled to death in his London home after trying to amputate his own legs with a hacksaw.


An inquest was told that Barrie Hepburn, 65, had been confined to a wheelchair after being shot in the legs after an argument with a neighbour in 2000.

He became depressed and had tried to commit suicide twice, the inquest heard.

He began to research self-surgery on the internet and last August almost completely cut through his right leg with a hacksaw in the kitchen of his home in London's exclusive Mayfair district, which he shared with his wife Susan

He called an ambulance and said he was suffering from heavy bleeding, but died before medics arrived.

Mrs Hepburn - who runs a high-profile hypnotherapy clinic and counts British singer Lily Allen among her clients - told the Westminster coroner's court that Hepburn's depression lifted in recent years.

The coroner recorded a verdict of misadventure, noting, "I think it is quite clear he had no intention of taking his own life. This was a tragic turn of events."

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