01 July 2008
Amputee accuses doctors of clinical negligence
A young woman who had her leg amputated as a result of bone cancer is suing doctors over alleged clinical negligence, it has been revealed.
Sally Hurst claims that her limb may have been saved had medics identified her condition sooner.
The 29-year-old was only diagnosed with osteosarcoma - a cancer which can develop in any bone but which is most common in arms and legs - six months after she first went to her GP complaining of pain in her leg.
In September 2004, Ms Hurst was told by a doctor that the discomfort was caused by ligament damage.
Meanwhile, later that year, she claims that another GP prescribed her anti-inflammatory drugs but did not refer her to a specialist.
In 2005, she was sent to a physiotherapist, who ordered tests which revealed she was suffering from cancer.
By this stage, it was too late to perform limb-saving surgery on the tumour and, after it did not respond to chemotherapy, Ms Hurst required an amputation.
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