Last­ing legacy of Dain­tree ul­cer

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

WELL-KNOWN or­ganic farmer An­dre Leu was a vic­tim of the Dain­tree ul­cer in 1998 which was so se­vere that doc­tors at the time told him he could lose his arm.

Mr Leu pre­sented at Moss­man hos­pi­tal with fevers and se­vere pain, swelling and red­ness of the left fore­arm which had been treated days ear­lier by a GP but had shown no im­prove­ment.

It was only the aware­ness of hos­pi­tal staff about the Dain­tree ul­cer which led to the cor­rect treat­ment but he lost two years of his life with min­i­mal use of the af­fected limb.

De­spite this, Mr Leu had to un­dergo many op­er­a­tions to min­imise the dam­age and re­quired on­go­ing treat­ment.

To this day Mr Leu is not ex­actly sure what caused the Dain­tree ul­cer, only re­call­ing he struck his fore­arm on a tree branch two weeks be­fore go­ing to hos­pi­tal which re­sulted in bruis­ing and sore­ness, but he did not no­tice any skin break.

Speak­ing to the Gazette from Korea yes­ter­day, af­ter be­ing voted in as the new pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Or­ganic Agri­cul­tural Move­ments, Mr Leu said it was an ex­tremely painful ex­pe­ri­ence but he had al­most fully re­cov­ered.

“I was scared in the be­gin­ning be­cause I was told by the doc­tors that I had had a high chance of los­ing my arm but thank­fully that has not hap­pened,” Mr Leu said.

“Be­cause it was a mi­crobac­te­ria I was given a treat­ment of TB an­tibi­otics for six months, along with surgery and skin grafts, and luck­ily for me the TB an­tibi­otics worked and helped to cure me.

“And to­day I have 97 per cent of the use of my arm and I feel pretty good.”

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