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Andrea's Story - The Road To Recovery After Losing Both Legs To Sepsis

"I am able to be confident"

Our medical negligence solicitors are helping a grandmother, Andrea, after delayed sepsis treatment at hospital meant that she needed to have both legs amputated below the knee.

Andrea’s Story

Andrea first went to hospital in March 2016 with flu-like symptoms. She was diagnosed with sepsis, a serious complication that can happen when your body’s immune system tries to fight an infection.

Andrea didn’t get the treatment she needed quickly enough. She developed problems with the blood supply to her legs and they had to be amputated.

Losing her legs had a huge impact on Andrea, both physically and psychologically. But she was determined to continue caring for her granddaughter, Hallie, despite her situation.

She got in touch with our medical negligence lawyers and asked us to look into the care she received at the hospital. While we look into her case, our experts are helping Andrea access the specialist support she needs to help her recover.


The Road To Recovery

After leaving hospital, Andrea started rehabilitation at the Bradford Royal Infirmary and had prosthetics fitted in January 2017.

She has regained her confidence and is enjoying playing an active role in Hallie’s life again.

Rebecca Pearey, a medical negligence solicitor, is handling Andrea’s case.

“Andrea has endured an incredibly difficult few years, but her attitude in the face of everything she has been through has been truly remarkable,” said Rebecca. “She has drawn a huge amount of strength from the idea of being able to care for her granddaughter and, with her determination, has gone on to make that a reality.”

New opportunities

Andrea has been able to take advantage of many new opportunities. She has started a group for other amputees alongside the charity Finding Your Feet and she is also taking part in an art group – something she’s always wanted to do.

Andrea’s biggest driving force, though, is her family. Her ultimate goal was to be able to walk again, both for herself and for her family.

Now she’s determined and confident to enjoy every minute of family life – and looking forward to watching Hallie grow up.

“Facing up to the reality of having to lose my legs was incredibly hard to take,” said Andrea, “but I focused on my ultimate goal of being able to walk again. This was about more than just me – it was about ensuring I could be there for my family and my granddaughter.”

If you or a loved one has been affected by delayed or mismanaged sepsis treatment, our medical negligence lawyers may be able to help you claim compensation. See our Sepsis Negligence Claims page for more information.

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