Lasting legacy of Daintree ulcer
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.”