HOSPITAL BLUNDERS COST ME MY LEG
John’s amputation ordeal
An Airdrie man has blamed Monklands Hospital for the devastating loss of his leg.
Distraught John Traynor had three toes removed before his right leg was amputated below the knee after he injured his foot doing some DIY.
Alarmingly, the former army medical technician was sent home from Monklands on TWO separate occasions, then once by his GP – and the seriousness of his injury was only acknowledged by hospital staff when he was admitted after suffering a mini-stroke.
The grandfather, who is recovering at home, insists his leg could have been saved if he had received the correct care and attention during his initial visit to A&E.
Now dad-of-three John says his dreams of proudly walking daughter Lorna down the aisle when she marries next year lie in tatters.
Devastated John Traynor feels he lost “not only my leg, but my life”, as he struggles to come to terms with his amputation.
The Airdrie man claims it took a ministroke before medics acknowledged the seriousness of a foot injury which ultimately resulted in him losing a leg.
He has accused Monklands Hospital of treating him like a “second-class citizen”, and insists if staff hadn’t “fobbed him off” on two separate occasions, he wouldn’t have had to endure the ensuing trauma.
The pensioner’s life-altering ordeal began last month, when a radiator fell on his foot while he was doing some DIY.
Suspecting he may have broken his toes, the former medical technician visited the hospital expecting to receive an X-ray. However, following an examination the dad-of-three was instead sent home and instructed to rest.
After three days and with the pain intensifying, the 66-year-old returned to A&E only to be given painkillers.
A visit two days later to his GP resulted in John being given a tubigrip support.
The full extent of his foot injury was only discovered almost a fortnight after his initial accident – when he suffered a minor stroke.
After receiving antibiotics to fight the poisoning, he was transferred to Hairmyres Hospital.
Despite claiming Monklands medical staff told his family there was “nothing to worry about”, John’s toes were amputated due to septicaemia the day after arrival and his leg removed three days later.
Now recovering at home, John recalled the two weeks that changed his life.
He said: “I knew something was wrong at the start and feel Monklands should have treated me then.
“It would have been a simple procedure to lance the bad blood out and prevent the infection spreading.
“Instead, they failed me and treated me like a second-class citizen.
“I’ve completely lost faith in Monklands Hospital.”
After the removal of his toes John was warned that there was the possibility of the infection spreading further. But he was shocked to be given just 90 minutes to agree to his leg being amputated.
He continued: “I just kept thinking, ‘what do I do?’
“I didn’t want to lose my leg, but didn’t feel there was any alternative.
“It was a horrible decision to have to make but losing it below the knee means I’ve probably saved my full leg.”
Speaking of his loss, John continued: “I’m having dreams where I still have two legs but then I wake up.
“It’s really hard to come to terms with and I don’t know when, or if, I ever will.
“I was an active person before – I’d take my dogs for a walk, go out with my wife and spend time at our caravan. “Now I’m caged up like a monkey.” John is trying to focus on regaining some mobility for a special day next year.
He explained: “My daughter Lorna is getting married and I’m determined to walk her down the aisle.
“The thought of not being able to give her away saddens me greatly.”
John’s family have been hugely supportive throughout, with wife Margaret admitting: “It’s very upsetting and still hard for all of us to take in.
“It’s been a terrible shock, especially when we were told there was nothing to worry about.”
The family have submitted an official complaint to NHS Lanarkshire but despite the need for expensive home alterations, such as a chairlift and wet room, John maintains he’s not seeking financial compensation. He said: “All I want is an apology. “I knew I had an injury that was serious but was told it would ‘go away’. Well, it didn’t half go away, didn’t it!
“I’ve no idea how long it’ll take to accept this, but an apology would help.”
Nichola Summers, interim director of hospital services at Monklands Hospital, said: “We regret any instance where a patient feels that we have failed to provide the highest standards of care.
“Although we cannot comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality, I can confirm that we are in contact with the family and an investigation is underway.
“As such, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”
I dream I’ve still two legs John Traynor
Missing limb John shows the damage to his leg and (below) the gruesome image of his feet in hospital
Blunder Mr Traynor blames Monklands Hospital for having to endure loss of his leg