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Construction accident victim has legs amputated

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Posted: Monday, August 14, 2006 1:19 pm | Updated: 2:54 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Doctors at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center are cautious about predicting the recovery of Casey Johansen, 28, who underwent surgery Monday — almost a week after he was trapped in a building collapse.

The Chandler man is "not out of the woods yet," trauma surgeon Dr. Corey Detlefs told the Tribune after performing the amputations.

Surgeons removed portions of Johansen's legs that had been severely damaged in the collapse last Tuesday. Doctors said they had to take such measures to ensure Johansen's survival.

Johansen was trapped for seven hours while crews worked to carefully remove debris and free him without further injuring him.

Johansen, a construction worker, became trapped under tons of concrete during the demolition of the Civic Plaza's Grand Entrance. A portion of the building fell on him.

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