The Swedish tourist loses his LEG after being shot by a robber who tried to steal his phone in Argentina
The Swedish tourist loses his LEG after being shot in the knee by a robber who tried to steal his phone in Argentina
- Christoffer Persson, 36, and girlfriend, Maria Izzo, robbed in Buenos Aires
- Robber jumped out of a car and ran to them and demanded their phone
- Mr. Persson tried to quarrel when the robber shot him in his knee
- He was rushed to the hospital. Doctors had to amputate his leg to save his life
Sara Malm for Mailonline
A Swedish tourist was forced to have his leg amputated after he was shot during a raid in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires.
Christoffer Persson, 36, walked through Buenos Aires with his girlfriend Maria Izzo, 35, when they were the target of a robber.
CCTV footage shows a man jumping from the back of a car and running to the couple to rob them at gunpoint.
Mugged: camera footage from CCTV shows the moment that the Swedish tourist Christoffer Persson, 36, is shot by a robber in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Survivor: Mr. Persson, pictured with his girlfriend Maria Izzo, was forced to amputate his leg to save his life
& # 39; It was a total reflex, his father Jörgen Persson told Expressen.
He tried to strike the gun and a shot was fired, hit him in the thigh. & # 39;
Mr. Persson was rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Despite different operations, the doctors had to amputate his right leg above the knee the next day.
Director Nestor Hernandez said: & # 39; If the leg had not been amputated, the patient could have died.
& # 39; Whether it was here now, in the United States, Russia or China, the procedure would have been the same. & # 39;
The robber is jumped out of a car and runs towards the couple
Mr. Persson reportedly tried to fight the robber who had shot him in the right knee before jumping back into the car immediately driving away.
Mr Persson stays in the hospital and his parents flew to him
He added that in these circumstances Mr Persson recovered well and had no fever, but would stay in the intensive care unit of the hospital for the time being.
The friend of Mr Persson, Maria Izzo, said: & # 39; The robber seemed to use drugs. It seemed that he had never held a weapon. It was as if he were scared, I do not think he was going to shoot anyone. & # 39;
She thanked a passerby, named Analia, who hastened to help them and tied a tourniquet around Mr Persson's leg and added: "Without her he would have died."
Izzo is in hospital with her boyfriend, while his parents have also flown to be at his bed.
She added: "The surgeons are positive, he is okay and excited. He is a very optimistic person and remains positive despite what has happened. & # 39;
The couple was traveling through Argentina and arrived in Buenos Aires on December 20.
The police have investigated the incident that took place in the Tacuari area in Buenos Aires.