A man was forced to have his leg amputated after doctors allegedly fit him with a cast that was too tight, London’s Daily Telegraph reported.
Tom Talks, 80, of Rochdale, England, was walking his dog when he broke his ankle and was immediately put in a cast.
But the cast left him in severe pain, which had him returning to the hospital several times, he told the newspaper. Initially, doctors refused to loosen the cast.
After Talks collapsed, surgeons found an infection underneath the cast so severe; the leg had to be amputated.
“Every day for a week I begged them to release the pressure,” Talks said. "It felt like my leg was trying to burst out of its skin.”
Talks also suffered a heart attack and kidney problems in the hospital.
“I knew my wife couldn’t cope with losing me, so I told him to amputate my leg. I’m not angry about what happened, that only leads to bitterness, but I want them to find out what went wrong so this doesn’t happen to another patient,” Talks said.
Health officials at Pennine Acute Trust, which runs North Manchester General Hospital and Fairfield Hospitals where Talks has been treated, said they have launched a full investigation.
“We can confirm that a complaint has been received from the family,” a spokesman for Pennine Acute Trust said. “As this matter is now part of the formal complaint process, we cannot comment further.”