Housebound woman fears legs will be amputated due to mystery ilness

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A housebound pensioner is terrified that her legs could be amputated as a result of a mystery illness.

Wendy Atherton, claims she has been confined to her house for most of the pandemic because of severe leg injuries which are currently undiagnosed.

The 69-year-old says she feels neglected by the NHS and now relies on sporadic visits from district nurses to keep her leg injuries clean.

Wendy was first seen by a doctor regarding her injuries last year and has since had a home visit.

However, she added that the seriousness of the injury means she fears her legs might have to be amputated.

Wendy's legs need the dressings to be changed on a regular basis but currently aren't not been done frequently
Wendy’s legs need the dressings to be changed on a regular basis but currently aren’t not been done frequently

Ms Atherton claims she’s been neglected by her GP and now feels isolated away from the world due to her injuries that keep her almost permanently in her Birkenhead house.

She told Liverpool Echo : “When the pandemic first hit I was very, very ill.

“I ran my surgery up and said I wasn’t very well.

“They told me I couldn’t come in coughing and sneezing on people and spoke to me really rudely.

“Because I couldn’t get out I was left for three weeks without any food delivery because I was told I didn’t qualify for it because I was deemed to be not vulnerable or disabled.

“Now I rely on home visits from the district nurses who are meant to come every three days but sometimes it takes longer.

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“Now I can barely get out and it seems to me once you’re set to hit 70, surgeries don’t want to know.”

Ms Atherton said the worst is that she still doesn’t know what caused the injury that left her legs smelling to the point where she feels sick.

She said even the doctors at this point are unsure about what the cause could be, but they believe it could be a form of lipoedema.

She added she has been referred to the vascular department at Arrowe Park Hospital and is still waiting for an appointment.

She added: “I don’t know and nobody knows what the issue is.

“I think I need to see a dermatologist as I believe it’s a fungal problem.

“It’s just developed over time and has got worse and worse.

“If I knew what was causing it I could do something about it.

“They’ve come off [the bandages] Because they’re soaking wet and black – I’m very worried about septicaemia.

“I’m sleeping on a bath towel on my bed because I know when I wake up my dressings will be sodden.

“I’ve also had to spend £25 on new bedding because it’s sodden because of my wounds.”

Ms Atherton is meant to have the dressings changed on her injuries every three days – but they often fall off before.

Ms Atherton said nurses can’t always make it to her house to change the dressing and she said she is often told the delay is due to the services being overstretched because of the pandemic.

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She said: “I had a very nice life before the pandemic.

“I used to love singing in choirs and have sang for Her Majesty the Queen.”

A spokesperson for Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “While it would be inappropriate to comment on the nature of any individual’s care, we have been and continue to be in regular contact with the patient, and all concerns have been addressed. ”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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