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At the time of writing this, I have now been in hospital for two weeks & my mother has passed away. Not a time I will want to remember or possibly be able to remember due to the number of painkillers I'm on.

Many people have asked me what happened & why I had to spend so much time in hospital at this very sad time of my life. I hope this will help explain a little.

Medical diagnosis.

After having tests I was diagnosed with necrotising fasciitis in my right leg. This is a severe, fast-spreading infection that results in the death of the body's soft tissue. To save my leg & my life this infected flesh would have to be cut away from my body & I had around 14 operations to completely remove the infected flesh from my leg.

Whilst in hospital I was also diagnosed with Sepsis, a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to infection causes injury to its tissues and organs. I was treated for this with lots of drugs & kept in intensive care to prevent my internal organs from failing. I don't remember but I'm told I ballooned up & my body looked like the old Michelin man tyre character from the Michelin adverts.

After the infected area had been cut away I was airlifted by my insurance company, back to the UK to have skin grafts in the Queen Alexander Hospital in Cosham. After the operation was carried out I was helped to walk again & had daily therapy on the leg for a few weeks before I was allowed home.

Photos of my leg before & after the operation.

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Whilst at home for many months I had daily visits from district nurses to change the dressing on my leg & with help from friends was able to cope living at home. My mother's death whilst I was in hospital was a lot harder to deal with & I still miss her.