Monday 18 December 2017

Amputation of gangrenous leg saves life of unconscious man

Tim Healy

A SUCCESSFUL operation has been carried out on an unconscious man whose leg needed to be amputated in order to save his life, the High Court heard yesterday.

The 59-year-old man's relatives had initially refused to give their consent for the surgery.

Yesterday, a judge was told they were happy with the outcome of the operation.

The hospital, where the man had been admitted to earlier this month, had applied to the court last week for an order permitting it to amputate because the leg was gangrenous and there was a serious danger of it spreading and leading to his death.

Before he fell into unconsciousness, the man himself had given consent for an operation for a femoral artery bypass which bypasses diseased blood vessels above or below the knee, the court heard.

Mr Justice Roderick Murphy gave permission to the hospital to carry out the surgery and had also allowed a number of hours for relatives to make an application to the court opposing the order.

The court heard that his brother and niece had refused their consent while his daughter, who lives in Germany, had said she might be willing to give consent.

No application was made to oppose the order.

Yesterday, the man's brother thanked the court and said the family was happy with the outcome.

Mr Justice Murphy said he was delighted the operation had been a success and that it was a matter of some urgency.

The man and the hospital could not be named by order of the court.

Irish Independent

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