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"I just knew straight away that I'd cut a main artery. I was just thinking about my family – my parents, my sisters and their kids."

Port Augusta tradesman and footballer Richard Hobbs was working at a residential property in Beltana, 540 kilometres north of Adelaide, when he fell from a ladder.

As he fell, he caught his arm on a metal bracket and was left dangling three metres from the ground. 

The bracket split open his arm severing his brachial artery, the major vessel supplying blood to the arm.

Richard had a matter of hours before he risked losing his arm and potentially bleeding to death.

Watch the video to find out what happened next.