He amputated his thumb in order to.
He drew nearer and saw that the old man had only one leg bent under him, the other had been amputated above the knee.
The loss of an eye will be followed by atrophy of the optic nerve; the tissues in a stump of an amputated limb show atrophic changes; a paralysed limb from long disuse shows much wasting; and one finds at great depths of the sea fishes and marine animals, which have almost completely lost the organs of sight, having been cut off for long ages from the stimuli (light) essential for these organs, and so brought into an atrophic condition from disuse.
The conduction through the amputated cell branches continues unimpaired for many hours.
In the miserable, sobbing, enfeebled man whose leg had just been amputated, he recognized Anatole Kuragin.