Zheng Yanliang, who is from Boading in Hefei Province, used a metal saw and a small knife to amputate his leg while biting on a piece of wood in an effort to mask the intense pain.
According to local media reports, Mr Zheng, a farmer and factory worker from the village of Dongzang, first began to experience pain in his leg in January 2012.
After several visits to a local hospital, he was diagnosed with an arterial embolism. With no cure available, amputation was the only answer.
However, numerous hospital visits left his family with no money to pay for the operation.