Swedish tourist loses his LEG after being shot in the knee by robber who tried to steal his phone in Argentina

Swedish tourist loses his LEG after being shot in the knee by robber who tried to steal his phone in Argentina

- Christoffer Persson, 36, and girlfriend, Maria Izzo, mugged in Buenos Aires - Robber jumped out of a car and ran up to them, demanding their phones - Mr Persson tried to put up a fight but the robber shot him in the knee - Doctors were forced to amputate his leg to save his life

A Swedish tourist has been forced to have his leg amputated after he was shot during a robbery in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires.

Christoffer Persson, 36, was walking through Buenos Aires with his girlfriend Maria Izzo, 35, when they were targeted by a mugger.

CCTV footage shows a man jumping out of the back of a car and running over to the couple to rob them of their phones at gunpoint.

The couple had been travelling around Argentina to celebrate Christmas, Mr Persson's birthday - which falls on Christmas Eve - as well as the New Year, and had arrived in Buenos Aires on 20th December.

The couple's happy holiday turned into a disaster when he was shot during the robbery on New Year's Eve.

'It was a total reflex, his father Jörgen Persson told Expressen. 'He tried to batter away the pistol and a shot was fired, hitting him in the thigh.'  

Mr Persson, a computer systems engineer, was rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. 

Despite several operations, the doctors were forced to amputate his right leg above the knee the following day.  

Hospital director Nestor Hernandez said: 'If the leg had not been amputated, the patient could have died. 

'Whether it was here, in United States, Russia or China, the procedure would have been the same.'

He added that Mr Persson was recovering well in the circumstances and would remain in the hospital's intensive care unit for the time being.

Ms Izzo, said: 'The robber seemed to be on drugs. It looked like he'd never held a weapon before. 

'It was like he was scared, I don't think he had any intention of shooting anyone.'

She thanked a woman passerby, named only Analia, who rushed to help them and tied a tourniquet around Mr Persson's leg, adding: 'Without her, he would have died.'

Ms Izzo is with her boyfriend in hospital while his parents have also flown out to be by his bedside.

She added: 'The surgeons are positive, he is ok, and in good spirits. He is a very optimistic person and remains positive despite what happened.' 

Police have launched an investigation into the incident which happened in the Tacuari area of Buenos Aires.