27 July 2010
Man receives £250,000 in damages from NHS Trust
A man has received £250,000 in compensation from an NHS Foundation Trust after he was eventually forced to have his leg amputated despite only being originally admitted to hospital with a toe infection.
Mr Ian Watts was taken into the Medway Hospital in July 2004 due to a problem with his little toe but was eventually discharged having had part of his left leg amputated.
The diabetic claimed that professionals at the hospital - which treats around 400,000 patients annually - failed to properly control his diabetes which resulted in him losing the limb, while he also developed an infection in his right leg during his stay there.
He launched legal action against the Trust, which agreed to an out-of-court settlement of a quarter of a million pounds.
Prior to having his leg removed, doctors had amputated Mr Watts' troublesome toe after failing to diagnose the initial problem despite him suffering from worsening pain.
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