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Posted on 4th December 2017

Ulcer Ignored By Medics Caused Leg Amputation

A 47 year old woman repeatedly attended her doctors because she had a leg ulcer but medics advised her  there was no infectioin. Now the patient has had to have a below the knee amputation.

The patient has launched a clinical negligence compensation claim against Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS and East Sussex Healthcare NHS.

The woman attended medics and tests were performed but results showed everything was clear. At the time, the wound was weeping, the skin surrounding the wound was turning black and there was a smell coming from it.

The patient commented “Towards the end of the infection, it felt like my foot was on fire and I was being stabbed with a knife. The pain was shooting up my leg.” She said the pain was so bad, she was relieved to hear she would lose part of her limb but didn’t realise until later that her independence would be severely affected.

So far the defendants have opted not to comment whilst legal proceedings were continuing.


If a patient presents to their doctor or hospital with weeping and blackening skin surrounding an open wound and there is an accompanying smell, medics should consider a necrotizing skin infection and taken urgent action.

Had urgent action been taken, it is likely that the amputation could have been avoided.

A common condition which also can cause amputations is diabetes. It is thought that 80 to 85% of all amputations caused by diabetes are avoidable if the appropriate care is given.

If you or a loved one has had an amputation and you think it could have been avoided, contact negligence Claimline on 0330 355 9210 or for a free claim assessment.