After intentionally cutting his hand off at the wrist with a table saw on Tuesday evening, a Whitefield man with a history of mental illness was taken to a Massachusetts hospital, according to police.

In a news release, Lt. Rand Maker of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said that at 5:10 p.m. on Tuesday, two deputies went to an East River Road home, where the 85-year-old man who cut off his hand resisted their help. Maker said that eventually one deputy restrained the man and the other applied a tourniquet. That allowed time for rescue personnel from Delta Ambulance and the Whitefield Fire Department to come to the scene.

Maker said the man was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Maker said the man was later taken to a Boston-area hospital in an attempt to re-attach the hand, but “the result of this attempt is unknown.”

Michael Shepherd — 370-7652

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