This image, provided by Allegheny Health Network, shows an X-ray of the chain-saw blade embedded in James Valentine's neck at Allegheny General Hospital, in Pittsburgh. Picture: Allegheny Health Network

Pittsburgh -

A tree trimmer is recovering after being rushed to hospital with a chain-saw blade embedded in his neck.

James Valentine was in a tree on Monday afternoon when he was struck in the neck by the chain-saw.

Another worker helped him down, and his co-workers left the saw in place to try to limit the bleeding.

Valentine had emergency surgery.

Doctors say the saw missed major arteries and, instead, cut into muscle.

A hospital released an X-ray on Tuesday showing the saw still in the 21-year-old's neck.

Valentine works for a tree removal service.

The company’s owner, Dominic Migliozzi, called the rescue “amazing”. - Sapa-AP