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Monday 17 February 2014

Diabetic died after doctors left him festering with gangrene buzzing with flies and stank of rotting flesh !

A diabetic father died of a heart attack after hospital staff left him festering with stinking gangrene for more than a week, an inquest heard.

A porter joked with maintenance engineer Ian Shaffer, 61, that he had flies buzzing round his feet, which stank of rotting flesh, and his sheets were left unchanged while he waited for an infected foot ulcer to be treated.

His daughter told an inquest it took nine days for two NHS hospitals to finally operate on her father after he repeatedly whispered 'death, death' to relatives and told his wife Bernice he 'felt like he was in hell'.

A day after the surgery on his foot he started wheezing and died of a heart attack.

Walthamstow Coroner's Court heard Mr Shaffer was admitted to King George Hospital in Ilford, east London, on February 7, 2012 to be treated for a foot ulcer.

He was given antibiotics and left in the medical assessment unit for six days as his infected ulcer got worse, the hearing was told.

Finally he was seen by a senior registrar who immediately had him transferred to nearby Queen's Hospital in Romford, Essex, for urgent surgery in the early hours of February 14.

More on this horror story here. Hat tip to Indy for the link.


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