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Amateur footballer, 37, 'almost lost his leg after being kicked below his knee during match'

Dale Elliott pictured here with his two sons, is lucky to have kept his leg after a freak injury during an amateur soccer game.

When Dale Elliott was kicked during an amateur soccer game, the thought of losing his leg never crossed his mind.

But that was almost the reality for the 37-year-old.

A kick just below the left knee led to compartment syndrome, a medical emergency caused by inflammation within an enclosed set of muscles.

Surgery to relieve him of his agony left him battling an infection and his foot turned ‘black’.

The doctors affirm Mr Elliott, a builder from Canvey Island in Essex, is lucky to have escaped without having his leg amputated.

His family says they are ‘I just hope he walks again.’

Though the father-of-two avoided the threat of amputationthe life-changing ordeal that was triggered by a fan game at the end of October is not over.

He will still have to spend Christmas Day in the hospital.

Mr. Elliott faces three months of recovery and rehabilitation to regain the strength he needs to walk again. He has just started using a wheelchair.

She has already had to go almost all of November without seeing her children, ages two and four, due to strict infection prevention control measures to protect their injuries.

Recalling his injury, Elliott said: ‘I can’t describe the pain. It was unbearable.

He went to A&E at Southend Hospital, despite his wife Stephanie saying the injury was probably just because he was “getting old”.

A Kick In The Leg During The Game Gave Him Mr. Elliott'S Compartment Syndrome, A Dangerous Inflammation Of The Internal Tissues Of The Limb That Can Starve Parts Of The Limb Of Oxygen.

A kick in the leg during the game gave him Mr. Elliott’s compartment syndrome, a dangerous inflammation of the internal tissues of the limb that can starve parts of the limb of oxygen.

He then says that he spent hours waiting to be seen and, at one point, vomited from the sheer pain.

“They gave me two doses of morphine that didn’t even reach my sides,” he added.

That’s when I think they realized how serious it was.

Elliott finally got a bed, but was told he would have to wait eight hours for surgery.

Doctors eventually told Mr. Elliott that he had suffered from compartment syndrome and that his leg might need to be amputated.

Surgeons Were Forced To Open A Large Part Of His Leg To Relieve Pressure In An Attempt To Save The Limb.

Surgeons were forced to open a large part of his leg to relieve pressure in an attempt to save the limb.

The Pictures Show The Extent Of The Cuts Required To Relieve The Pressure.

Surgeons Sometimes Need To Keep The Wound Open For Days At A Time, Resulting In Extended Hospital Stays

The grisly images show the extent of the cuts needed to relieve pressure on Mr Elliott’s leg. In some cases of compartment syndrome, surgeons must keep the wound open for long periods of time to allow pressure to decrease.

Compartment syndrome is a painful and potentially serious condition caused by bleeding or swelling within a closed set of muscles, known as a muscle compartment.

It usually occurs in the legs or arms.

The pressure can restrict the supply of blood and oxygen to the rest of the limb and damage the muscles and nerves in that area.

The NHS considers it a medical emergency because it can lead to permanent muscle damage if not treated quickly.

The condition is treated by a surgeon who makes an incision that exposes the muscles to relieve internal pressure.

This wound is sometimes left open for days until the pressure subsides and surgeons close it again, during which time the body can be vulnerable to infection.

While doctors were able to save Mr. Elliott’s leg, it required several surgeries after initial attempts to relieve the pressure failed.

He would eventually require a total of eight surgeries and treatment for an infection in his thigh.

One of these operations involved the removal of a dead muscle that controls the movement up and down the foot of his leg, it was claimed.

Mr Elliot Pictured Here With His Football Team, His Wife Stephanie Recalling How Guilty He Felt For Initially Dismissing The Injury.

Mr Elliot pictured here with his football team, his wife Stephanie recalling how guilty he felt for initially dismissing the injury.

The Family Now Hopes That Mr. Elliot Will Walk Again One Day.

However, The Damage To His Left Leg Is So Severe That It Is Unlikely That He Will Be Able To Play Soccer Or Ride A Bike With His Children Again.

The family now hopes that Mr Elliot will walk again one day, although doctors have told him that running, playing football or cycling with his children will probably be impossible.

Mr And Mrs Elliot Pictured With Their Children On Their Wedding Day Earlier This Year.  The Couple Have Been Forced To Cancel Their Honeymoon After The Accident

Mr and Mrs Elliot pictured with their children on their wedding day earlier this year. The couple have been forced to cancel their honeymoon after the accident

WHAT IS COMPARTMENT SYNDROME?

Compartment syndrome is a painful and potentially serious condition caused by bleeding or inflammation within a group of muscles.

This causes increased pressure, which restricts blood flow to the area and could damage nearby muscles and nerves.

The legs, feet, arms and hands are the most affected.

acute compartment syndrome It occurs suddenly after a fracture or injury.

This requires immediate treatment to prevent permanent muscle damage.

Symptoms include severe pain, tenderness, tightness, tingling, and numbness.

Treatment consists of making an incision in the muscles to release the pressure.

chronic compartment syndrome it occurs gradually after repetitive exercise, such as running.

It usually passes within a few minutes of stopping the activity.

Symptoms include cramping pain, swelling, tingling, paleness or coldness in the affected area, and difficulty moving the area.

Treatment may include stopping the activity that is causing the problem, as well as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications.

Source: NHS Options

Recalling the initial day of the initial operation to save her husband’s leg, Ms Elliott, 28, said: “I was unsteady and completely unresponsive.”

She said he was then put in a high dependency unit, stating that “his foot turned black because of the first botched surgery.”

Ms Elliott also recalled how on November 5th she received a call from her husband with a potentially devastating diagnosis.

“The surgeons talked to Dale and told him that if the infection doesn’t get better, his whole leg may have to be amputated from the hip. He was trying to prepare us for it.

He asked me if I wanted to quit. I said that I did not marry him because he had two arms, two legs and one head.

Recalling her initial dismissal of the injury, she added: “I’m riddled with guilt for telling him I was sore from working out now that he’s getting older.”

“I didn’t realize how it would escalate or how severe it was, or even what compartment syndrome was. It is a truly surreal experience. We keep thinking, “this is just a kick.”

‘I don’t know how we ended up where we are now. We only hope that he will walk again, but he will never be able to run.

He was then transferred to Broomfield Hospital, where three of the follow-up surgeries were performed.

Staff said they were surprised they didn’t have to amputate his leg.

Mr. Elliott still doesn’t know exactly what he’ll be able to do once his leg heals, but he won’t be able to play soccer, drive a manual car or ‘take a bike ride with [his] kids.’

He won’t be home for Christmas either, needing three more months in hospital to recover.

The couple just got married in July this year after 9 years together, they have also been forced to cancel their honeymoon to Gran Canaria.

A GoFundMe has been created to help the family with the costs while Mr. Elliott is unable to work.

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Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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