£750K for man who lost leg to ‘ath­lete’s foot’

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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.

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