Stephen Myerthall has been forced to give up his job after the life-changing surgery and spent Christmas in hospital recovering following the amputation
A chef has had his life turned upside down after undiagnosed diabetes led to his leg being amputated.
Stephen Myerthall, originally from Australia, has been forced to give up his job after the life-changing surgery and spent Christmas in hospital recovering.
The 54-year-old had been working in city pub The Black Bull until a few weeks ago.
Stephen experienced weight loss, dehydration and a more frequent need to go to the toilet but didn’t think anything of it until his toe became infected, reports the Daily Record.
He became unwell at work on December 14 and went to see his GP but was immediately sent straight to A&E.
After going through a series of tests, Stephen was told he had undiagnosed diabetes and would have to have his big toe removed the same day.
Things took a turn for the worst when medics found his right leg had already suffered significant damage and would need amputated from the knee down.
Stephen is now waiting on test results coming back to find out whether he has type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
He told the Record: “It was so bad when I went to see the doctor they told me to go straight to A&E.
“They told me they would try to save my big toe – but there was too much damage and they had to amputate below the knee.
“It was a big shock.
Stephen, who spoke from his bed at Astley Ainslie Hospital said: “I’m still recovering. They are waiting on the wound healing a bit more and then they’ll try a prosthetic leg and see how I get on.
“It is basically just a wait and see process now.”
Due to working long hours on his feet, Stephen felt he had no other option than to hand his notice in.
Doctors remain hopeful he will receive a prosthetic leg soon but Stephen has been warned it will be a painful process.
“If I do get the leg I might not be able to stand on it all day as well,” Stephen said.
“Some days I was working from 11am to 9.30pm and there might be some days where I might not be able to put the leg on to work.
“They have said I might get blisters and somedays it might be just too sore walking on it.”
Friend Alan Lockhart has now set up a fundraiser to help Stephen in his recovery following the “horrible” event.
In a statement on the page he said: “This fundraiser has been set up to help a dear friend of mine who experienced a horrible and life changing event.
“His name is Stephen, an honest to god good man and one hell of a grafter. He was working as a full-time chef in a busy pub whilst also being a part-time carer for his elderly mother
“Stephen was working and wasn’t his chatty normal self which led him to going to the doctors. Shortly after, he was rushed to A+ E and was told the devastating news that an infection in his leg, which was there due to undiagnosed diabetes, had to be amputated below the knee.
“Understandably, this has completely turned his life upside down, leaving him to learn how to live his life as normal as possible.
“He will not be able to look after his mum properly or return to the job that he enjoyed even with the aid of a prosthetic.”
Donations to the fundraising page can be made by clicking here.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.