£750K for man who lost leg to ‘athlete’s foot’
A MAN whose leg was amputated after doctors wrongly dismissed a serious infection as athlete’s foot has been awarded £750k compo.
Businessman Bob Wareham ( above), 54, was left with just six inches of leg below his right knee after a diabetic foot infection was missed.
Mr Wareham said he was glad doctors had finally been brought to account but added: “It’s not going to bring my leg back. I am faced for the rest of my life with the situation where I have to cope with amputation through no fault of my own.
“The payout is at the top end of £750,000. But I’m a businessman and my time in hospital cost me my businesses, so there’s an element.”
Mr Wareham had first visited an out-ofhours doctor with the infection and was told it was athlete’s foot and sent home with antibiotics.
A week later doctors had no choice but to amputate the leg of Mr Wareham, of Westonsuper-Mare, Somerset, after he was finally admitted to hospital.