War hero, 92, who lost leg after 'botched' treatment for sore foot now faces losing the OTHER after catching MRSA in hospital

  • Douglas Mainwaring, 92, used to walk five miles a day and do his gardening
  • Now he has lost a leg - and faces losing the other
  • The former soldier first went to doctor with a sore foot
  • He ended up with an infection and then caught MRSA in the hospital
  • 'These doctors have ruined my life,' said the father-of-five

By Sam Webb

A war hero who survived Dunkirk has been condemned to life in a wheelchair by a string of NHS blunders, he claimed today.

Douglas Mainwaring, 92, of Bridgend, South Wales, visited his GP with a sore foot but alleges his botched treatment left him needing his left leg amputated.

And while he was in hospital recovering from the amputation he caught MRSA - which has left him facing the prospect of losing his right foot as well.

Loss: War hero Douglas Mainwaring has lost his left leg and claims it was removed after his treatment was botched. Now he faces losing his other leg

Loss: War hero Douglas Mainwaring has lost his left leg and claims it was removed after his treatment was botched. Now he faces losing his other leg

Now Mr Mainwaring, who used to be so fit he walked five miles every day, has been left devastated by his disability.

He said: 'I went through a lot during the war - but what I am going through now is far worse. 'This has absolutely ruined my life.'

 

Mr Mainwaring, who served in the Royal Army Service Corp in Europe and Africa during the Second World War, added: 'I used to be out in my garden, growing vegetables. Now I can't stand up.

'My right foot is black and I can't put any weight on it. These doctors have ruined my life.'

Veteran: Mr Mainwaring served in the Royal Army Service Corp in Europe and Africa during the Second World War

Veteran: Mr Mainwaring served in the Royal Army Service Corp in Europe and Africa during the Second World War

His family have now contacted a solicitor and are making a legal claim against the NHS. The GP who treated the father-of-five Douglas worked for the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board which is currently at the centre of a probe into high death rates and poor care for patients.

Retired long distance lorry driver Douglas's ordeal started when he visited his GP, suffering from a painful foot.

The doctor said it was likely to have been caused by a verruca and tried to treat it with a freezing spray.

But the spray is believed to have caused an infection that spread from his foot to the leg - which became so gangrenous it had to be amputated.

Daughter Yvonne said: 'The GP sprayed quite a large area of dad's foot. Less than a month later we noticed his foot turning black.

'We took him to hospital and the first thing the surgeon asked was: "When did you have frostbite?"

'After that things just got worse and worse. He was in terrible pain.'

Douglas, who has been married to wife Jean, 81, for 63 years, suffered repeated problems with his leg.

Finally, in October 2012, medics made the heart-breaking decision to amputate his leg. But when he was in Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, recovering from the amputation a chiropodist cut his remaining foot while clipping his toe nails.

The family say he developed MRSA in the wound and NHS staff failed to notice. The infection has now spread to most of the foot, turning his toes black.

In a few weeks the retired long distance lorry driver will find out if the foot can be saved.

The war hero at home with his wife Jean and daughter Yvonne. They are now looking into legal action against the NHS

The war hero at home with his wife Jean and daughter Yvonne. They are now looking into legal action against the NHS

Yvonne added: 'Before this disaster Dad was the fittest man you could find for his age. Now he is in pain and has to have everything done for him.'

Two hospitals run by ABMU, including Princes of Wales Hospital where Douglas was treated, are at the centre of a probe into high death rates and poor care for patients.

A spokesman for ABMU said: 'We can confirm the GP surgery received a complaint and met with the patient.

'The surgery's understanding is the issues raised were resolved. The health board has not received any formal complaint. At this stage it's not appropriate to comment further.'


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Surely he will get compensation.

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The NHS is one off the last bastions of Soviet-style socialism and like everything infected by left wing ideology it is rotting on the vine not because of lack of investment but the opposite. The billions that are poured into this decaying monolith serve only to facilitate and enable vast legions of incompetent public sector workers who are insulated from prosecution for malpractice by layers of equally incompetent management backed up by corrupt union barons. Time to put the whole thing out of its misery once and for all.

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Poor man :( Thankyou for being so brave!

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WELCOME to the MODERN day INCOMPETENT N H S!! God help us if it gets ANY WORSE!

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Buts its alright, because Prince Philip served in the war, is 93 and in good health and carried a deck chair.

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Sounds like total incompetence twice over . Freezer sprays available from supermarkets with instructions stating only to splay a cotton bud and press that on the wart for less than 1 min . Over cutting toe nails another basic error . any properly chiropodist could have dealt with this.

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Why aren't the Labour party trying to attack the media for highlighting these cases in the same way that they buried the high suicide rate in the county?

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That's the fourth case of ABM health board being sued this week.

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This scares me, I have been a military medic for 30 years and next 25 years involved with British NHS, on retirement we moved to France where we know we will be cared for by professionals and clean hospitals, the British NHS has steadily been going down hill for years whereas here it is in a first class of its own despite the Consultants, Surgeons , GP's and nursing staff are on less salaries than their equivalent in the UK.

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Reading things like this make me sick to the back teeth, men like this deserve the best care, even private, they should not be seen as old and move along down the queue. I wish this man the best, and thank him for serving our country, there are many of us that do appreciate this.

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