Doctor awarded for amputating trapped man’s legs

Brian Coker almost certainly would have bled to death in the darkened rubble of New Zealand's devastating 2011 earthquake, which killed 185 people and injured thousands.

The then 52-year-old's legs were pinned between a concrete pillar and a collapsed floor section of the Pyne Gould Corporation building.

On Monday, urologist Dr Lydia Johns Putra will be recognised for her exceptional bravery in amputating Mr Coker's legs in time to get him to hospital.

Dr Johns Putra, from Ballarat in Victoria, is one of two people to be awarded the esteemed New Zealand Bravery Decoration at the New Zealand Bravery Awards in Wellington.

The other person to receive the honour is the Christchurch anaesthetist who helped her, Dr Bryce Curran.

Dr Johns Putra had been in Christchurch for a medical conference when the 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit on 22 February 2011.

Many of the doctors there offered to treat those hurt and were directed to