November 28, 2008


       It all started as a normal day November 28, 2008. Was a day like any other, I at my friends farm helping to harvest or pick field corn -- he uses to raise steers for butcher. So,I was in the field next to his farm using a one-row corn picker. In addition, it was around 5:15 PM when I stopped the tractor as I noticed the wagon was over-flowing with corn. At this point I need to stop the tractor and had left the machine running at normal operating speed. Therefore,I proceeded around the front of the tractor and came to the snout of the corn picker, where there was an ear of corn on the snout. At that time, I attempted to knock the ear of corn into the running machine. Making two attempts to knock the ear in and, on the second attempt I hit the ear,  my Army jacket got caught by a  moving chain.

 Next,the machine grabbed my left-hand, coat, and pulled it into the snapping rollers.  

I screamed and the next moment, tried to pull my hand out with my right hand and had my right hand pulled into the machine.

Thirty minutes pass, still trapped in the machine yelling over top of the machinery running yelling for help and trying to dislodge my hand left,I was fighting to get loose.

 I asked the lord to die three times.

 At this point, I had a warm sensation.

 When I realized that, I was fighting for my life.

God kept me strong through all this and at about 5:45 PM help had arrived.

And I explained to the help as calm as possible

. Explaining where to shut the machine off in a matter of what seemed like seconds.

 The EMTs were on site, and when they arrived, they knew right away to call lifeline helicopter.

 It took approximately one-half hour to dislodge me from the machine.

 Never losing consciousness I was talking very normal and my wife had showed up at the scene.

She was telling me that everything will be fine and I will be safe.

For the thirty minutes, I was trapped.

My life had changed forever, I realized at that point.

 I no longer had hands, and brought my family back together for as which my wife and I are separated.


                 Finally my hands and what was left were dislodged. I was put into the helicopter and the eight minute flight was quick to Hershey medical facility.

 I was on the stretcher going to the trauma center when a nurse said Mr. Pollock. You are at the trauma unit and you are under great care.  

It was now 6:30 PM, and I closed my eyes.

 Knowing I am now safe. Well, I was in surgery.

 I was answering questions for about 20 minutes being unconscious.

       I have a little quote, and it is Friday.

 I almost died, and on Sunday.

      I was resurrected to a new life and a completely different outlook on life.

 I have a better relationship with my twin children.

     My wife has been very helpful through all this since, I am covered under her health insurance.

    I felt this night was a chemical and spiritual change and to this day

I remain positive, because I live, one day at a time.

   I cannot change the past I can live for today and I cannot predict the future, because it is what it is.

 It has been 4 years, 7 months since my accident, and I feel I am doing very well.

    Never had phantom pain, only sensations.

 Every day is a great day.
I am very blessed and Thankful to be alive to tell my story!




As of Feb 5, 2010, I am no longer an amputee. I am now known as a bi lateral transplant. With hand replaced on my left arm.  And the first in the U.S to have


a forearm replaced above the elbow........ It is a beautiful gift and thanks to God for this miracle..

3 years 4 months since my hand transplants!



cjpsf5 cjpsf5
41-45, M
146 Responses Mar 26, 2009

You're THAT guy!
I saw that in the news!

What an amazing, positive outcome. God has blessed you!

I have goosebumps after reading your story. God bless and keep you cjpsf5!

Thank you so much MinW very much appreciated!

Today it's rare to admire people or to even put anyone on a pedestal, be Inspired, think of others as Heros with an Awesome Heart !
Thank You for Be Such A Great Man ! Thank GOD FOR having crossed paths on the Internet !

May GOD Continue to Bless You !
I am Grateful to You and For Being A Miracle Hero Today !
Inspiring Me Thank You So Much Being Such a Great Man ! And for Your Service !

You are an Inspiration, an Amazing Man, to read Your Story tells on a tiny portion of the TRUE CHARACTER and INCREDIBLE MAN YOU REALLY ARE ! <br />
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To Share Your Heart and Life as You Have Not Many People Can Dream to as Great Man as You ! <br />
Wish You the Very Best ! <br />
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Hope Some Day both Our Paths Cross to Meet Such a Great Man as You ! <br />
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Thank You So Much ! <br />
Michael from Boston, MA

Thank you urfierycenter !

What a story, and what a man. My hats off to you, Sir. Be well.....

Thank you very much, very kind!

wow that is an incredible story, I am most impressed with your positive take on life and how you have coped and been able to share this story. well done!

god most have been busy with catholic priests when he allowed you to be shreddered

Thanks all !

Thank you OfFansAndFlames !

Amazing! I'm so happy for you.<br />
But geez, to say that sounds painful is an understatement!

Thank you nerdly !

Thanks all !

Thanks all !

Thank you so much akindheart ! Very nice of you .........

What a beautiful story..what an inspiration..i don't want to make light of it..but i do believe in God and that he works miracles..

Thank you gem1967 !

Thanks for commenting all !

Thanks for commenting much appreciated !

Awesome story! I love the update and your entire story! I was pinned between two cars after a car hit my truck going about 65 mph.. I was pinned for 45 minutes. I can't say I know what you were going through but I was close and I am also happy everything happened to me because it brought my family together as well and I have met and talked to tons of people since them that I may not have ever met had my accident not happened.<br />
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Thanks all.....

It already has its an amazing feeling Freein SC..

Yes I agree FreeinSC time does fly and it is a great journey like none other !

Free in SC. I really appreciate your kindness as well as your loving comment.. I am very fortunate to have loving EP friends.I feel all warm !!!!!!!!!Q

Sure Drew pm me and also look at my most recent blog..

WOW CJ - I never knew this about you. What an awe inspiring story. <br />
I'd love to know more about your transplant ~ perhaps when I go thru the remaining comments...<br />
but I just wanted to comment first.<br />
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I can't even imagine.....

Thanks all.........

Thank you amomivida...........

Thanks for commenting. I appreciate your thoughts.

I am sorry and also happy at the same time for you.I have not heard of limps transplant in my country.Your story reaffirms GOD'S presence in our lives.Thanks for sharing and am reading your stories from the beginning to know more about you and be inspired.Have a blessed day.

Thank you chiquita69.......

You are a true inspiration to every life you touch with your story.

Anytime my friend. God bless you......

Your so sweet. Thanks Metal.....

i'm thinking of you, buddy. Can't wait til you're fully healed and causing trouble again. I'm about to go on a trip I know you'd enjoy. Wish you could come along.

Thank you webbwoman. I actually had a double hand transplant..

Bless your heart! You are proof that no matter the circumstances God is right there with you. congratulations on your new left hand. May God keep on blessing you and your family till he comes to take you home. :-)

Thank's for your kindness and I appreciate your thoughtfulness. Very encouraging what you commented. God Bless......

Hannah it is all good.

Sorry Chris. I meant Much love and Hugs to you.

Thanks so much Frito.....God Bless

An amazing story written and lived by an amazing man! You spirit shines through Cjpsf5. Congratulations and godspeed on your continued remarkable recovery. Hugs. :)

Hannah you are very kind. And I appreciate your comment.......God bless.

Chris, you are just one of the most amazing people I know. Instead of dwelling on what you've lost , you've chosen to be strong about it. Most people would find it difficult to put themselves together in less distressing situations than what you've been through. You are an education in the triumph of the human spirit. You are proof that it's possible to live positively in any and all circumstances. May God bless you all the days of your life my friend. <br />
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Much Love of Hugs to you


Thank you angeldelinkwent..........


Pix all I can say is I love your kindness. Hugggs and kisses to you my friend..

I know I've told you this before but I'm going to say it again! LOL!!<br />
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You are such an inspiration to us all. Your diligence to go through life with a wonderful smile and wonderful attitude with all you have been through is truly phenomenal.... <br />
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People get upset over the stupidest things in life and have no concept of how they take things for granted. <br />
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I know, I'm like a broken record, repeating myself, but I just have to say you have "Attitude Extraordinaire" mister....and that is something to be so proud of!!! (((hugs)))

Thanks all for commenting.

Sexybook I appreciate your thoughtfulness and kindness.

Thanks T.... Love and Huggggggggs.

I think you have a wonderful disposition about life! Never give has many things in store for you :)

You already know how I feel; love and hugs KB...

I really appreciate your input. Thanks fromnowon. Your most kind.....

Thank you Kissy49 . And I look forward to get and know you.......

Thank you George. I go fopr hand transplants I will most likely do that sorta thing after I recoup.....

we all make choices how we choose to live, so often though we never even realize it.<br />
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Your choices are wise, your strength to live those choices is amazing.<br />
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I agree with someones earlier comments, you could do some inspirational speaking, especially 4-H young folks could learn so much from you. Practical safety , etc and inspiration in choices

Thank you kctiger.. I appreciate.........,

I'm glad you have such a great out look on life. God Bless you and your family.

Someone left........

Life is great !

Kat I do appreciate your kindness. Your a special person yourself. Thanks for commenting........

I sit at your feet grateful to be in the presence of someone with more strength, faith, and optimism than I have ever seen before. I feel so blessed to be able to get to know you. Wow, I knew you were quite amazing but I had no way of imagining how amazing. I am rendered speechless, which for me, is not an average thing.

LOL ......

If I were to bet your sweet......

YouWho I appreciate your comments. Your so sweeet.....

Thank you serioulysappy I appreciate your kindness.

You may not have your leg. But you are still the same person you were. You still have your mind. And your alive. These are the things I took for granted. And now I am here to tell my story. Life is great.<br />
Thanks for commenting. Anytime you would like to talk I am here...,

I just came across your story. Living in farm country I've heard of this kind of accident. To read your story...I'm in awe of your great attitude and spirit. Thanks for sharing this.

Youwho It is all good. Check my blogs I am going for hand transplants. Sometime in Dec........

Hugs and kisses to you TL.......

Hugs and kisses Flour...........

What a story and a great outlook you have. I always knew you were special!

Life is grand !!!!!!

Smilingfaces you are so right and I try hard at having a positive attitude.......

And now the rest of the story... I am sure that therapy has been difficult but you have learned how to compensate. What was once very simple is no longer taken for granted. My hats off to you and to everyone who goes through this type of trauma since it is an ongoing struggle but your attitude is what can make or break you.

Why thank you my friend. I appreciate your kindness. Thanks for commenting...........

I just came across your story, cj, and, as I believe everything happens for a reason, I thought I'd leave my comment.<br />
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Your story has touched me in ways you will never know, along with the stories of the friend who's path I followed here.<br />
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Pretty much the same as everyone else who has commented here, your story has inspired me and made me realise how shallow most of my existence is.<br />
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*raises virtual hat and nods*

I truly appreciate your kindness. Thanks for commenting.......

Teri thank you for being my friend I am honored also too have you as my friend. Thanks again. hugggggggs...

Paintedeyelids it may be horrifying but to me I am thankful to be alive and to me that's what counts.........

AW your very kind. I am very appreciative of your comments.<br />
I also am very glad we are friends.

Andrew I appreciate your honesty. I am just Chris. <br />
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My life changed that night and I know and except that.<br />
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I do the same things as you but only different... Life is good.....<br />
I am grateful to be alive.

Metal I appreciate your comment. I am alive is what matters. And I am forging ahead........

You're very brave. Sorry this happened, but you are forging ahead.

Thank you G1 . I appreciate your comments and kind words..

CJ, I have a million things I want to say and simply can't find the words. So many people would be looking at the life ahead of them and see all they believed they lost. You look ahead and see new experiences and adventures. Amazing how a positive outlook can affect one's life.