28 October 2013
Former consultant wins compensation for leg amputation
A 59-year-old grandfather who had to have his leg amputated after a series of errors has won compensation from Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI).
John Halliday is now confined to a wheelchair and cannot enjoy regular day-to-day activities he once loved, with some doctors telling him his life will have been cut short because BRI medics didn't notice a serious infection spreading through his body, according to the Daily Mail.
The former health and safety consultant has been forced to give up his job and now relies on carers in his adapted accommodation.
However, the awarding of £1.5 million from the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which admitted liability in an out-of-court settlement, will help Mr Halliday to have a slightly better quality of life.
The 59-year-old's ordeal began when he was told by doctors that he was suffering relatively minor cellulitis and an adverse reaction to medication after he came into the medical institution with problems in his left ankle.
Mr Halliday was prescribed antibiotics but was not given an early surgical washout of the ankle, which would have removed the infection.
Ten days later, he returned to the hospital and was diagnosed with septic arthritis, which had led to toxic shock and kidney failure.
Despite the correct washing procedures taking place, at this point it was too late and Mr Halliday was told he needed a below-the-knee amputation to stop the infection from spreading around his body.
A spokesperson for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "We are deeply sorry for the distress Mr Halliday has experienced as a result of the care he received at our hospital.
"The care we provided fell below our usual high standards and we sincerely apologise to Mr Halliday for this."
Mr Halliday now suffers from chronic pain and phantom leg syndrome, where his brain believes his lost limb is still there and sends signals the leg is itching - an uncomfortable phenomenon.
By Chris Stevenson
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