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Heather Satchwell, who has diabetes, had to amputate her leg after an ingrown toenail was caused by running gangrene

A diabetic woman had to have her leg amputated after an ingrown toenail was caused by running gangrene.

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Heather Satchwell, 27, from Newhall, Derbyshire, was training in February 2015 for a 5 km charity run when she saw her nail.

She went straight to the hospital because she had type 1 diabetes and knew that she was at higher risk of infection due to nerve damage to her feet.

Doctors had to amputate the big toe on her right foot in June 2016, months after she had removed the infected nail.

She had finally amputated her leg in 2018, after the infection would not give in and threatened her life, doctors said.

Mrs. Satchwell must now rely on a leg prosthesis and a wheelchair to move around, which has been life-changing for her and her six-year-old daughter Gia.

They had to find a handicap-friendly home and have since appealed to the public to help build a garden that they can both enjoy.

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Heather Satchwell, who has diabetes, had to amputate her leg after an ingrown toenail was caused by running gangrene

Heather Satchwell, who has diabetes, had to amputate her leg after an ingrown toenail was caused by running gangrene

The former police and municipal CCTV employee must now rely on a prosthetic leg and a wheelchair to travel, which has been six life-changing for her and her daughter, Gia

The former police and municipal CCTV employee must now rely on a prosthetic leg and a wheelchair to travel, which has been six life-changing for her and her daughter, Gia

The former police and municipal CCTV employee must now rely on a prosthetic leg and a wheelchair to travel, which has been six life-changing for her and her daughter, Gia

WHY ARE PEOPLE WITH DIABETES HIGHER RISK OF AMPUTATION?

Diabetes can cause all kinds of complications that, if not treated, can become extremely serious.

Diabetes is one of the major causes of lower limb amputation around the world.

People with diabetes are 15 times more likely to undergo amputations than other people without the condition, according to the leading charity Diabetes.co.uk.

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The risk increases considerably for people older than 75 years.

Various key factors usually predispose ulceration and ultimately amputation in patients, including neuropathy, circulatory problems, foot ulcers, charcot foot, and other damage to the foot.

Neuropathy, which can be caused by both types of diabetes, is a nervous condition. It can affect up to half of diabetic patients.

The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy are broad, but are usually numbness, tingling and pain.

People with diabetes are also much more likely to amputate their toes or feet because their injuries do not heal normally.

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Diabetes restricts blood circulation in the legs, which slows healing because oxygen and nutrients are scarce.

It can take longer for people to get over injuries and the healing time means there is more opportunity to get infected or meat dies from gangrene.

If an injury becomes too infected or untreatable, the affected part of the body may need to be cut off.

People with diabetes, according to Diabetes.nl, are 15 times more likely to undergo amputations than other people without the condition.

The condition can cause a loss of sensation in the feet, which means that patients may not know how serious a wound is.

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And diabetes limits blood circulation in the legs, which slows healing because oxygen and nutrients are scarce.

The combination of these two factors means that it may take longer for people to heal, leaving more room for infection or for meat to die from gangrene.

Mrs. Satchwell, who was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 11, would run two to three times a week to stay fit.

She said: & # 39; After my training for a charity race of 5 km I got a friction on my big toe from my trainer.

& # 39; Due to my diabetes, I had neuropathy in my foot, which caused loss of feeling.

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& # 39; I was told that diabetes should be careful with your feet, so as soon as it got red, I went to the hospital. I received antibiotics, but they didn't work. & # 39;

Mrs. Satchwell had to wait seven months before the ingrown toenail was removed in September 2015.

But then she had completely removed her toe – the big one on her right foot – in June 2016.

She went home the same day because she didn't want to leave her daughter.

She said: & # 39; But in the end my surgeon had to tell me that if I didn't get my leg amputated, I wouldn't be at all for Gia. & # 39;

Mrs. Satchwell was forced to have her right leg amputated in June 2018 after doctors tried to stop the spread of the infection before more was removed from her leg in February of this year.

Mrs. Satchwell said that losing her leg was less painful than the trauma of the aftermath.

She got the news from doctors that she needed a complete amputation with a notice period of just three weeks.

Five days before the operation, she had to move to a new house with her daughter because her previous rental property was not wheelchair friendly.

HOW CAN DIABETES LEAD TO FOOT GAIN?

People with diabetes need amputated toes or feet much more because their injuries do not heal normally.

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High blood sugar levels can cause nerve damage, meaning that patients cannot feel their skin and may not know when they have a wound or feel how severe it is.

And diabetes limits blood circulation in the legs, which slows healing because oxygen and nutrients are scarce.

The combination of these two factors means that it can take longer for people to get over injuries and the healing time means that there is more opportunity to become infected or meat die as a result of gangrene.

If an injury becomes too infected or untreatable, the affected part of the body may need to be cut off.

Source: American Podiatric Medicine Association

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But even when she found a new bungalow, she was tied home for seven months with an unsuitable bathroom.

An infection that would not spread, Mrs. Satchwell's leg spread, causing her flesh to rot

An infection that would not spread, Mrs. Satchwell's leg spread, causing her flesh to rot

An infection that would not spread, Mrs. Satchwell's leg spread, causing her flesh to rot

Mrs. Satchwell said: & # 39; eventually my surgeon had to tell me that if I didn't get my leg amputated, I wouldn't be there at all for Gia & # 39;

Mrs. Satchwell said: & # 39; eventually my surgeon had to tell me that if I didn't get my leg amputated, I wouldn't be there at all for Gia & # 39;

Mrs. Satchwell said: & # 39; eventually my surgeon had to tell me that if I didn't get my leg amputated, I wouldn't be there at all for Gia & # 39;

Mrs. Satchwell had to find a home for the handicapped within a few days and called on the public to help build a garden that they could enjoy
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Mrs. Satchwell had to find a home for the handicapped within a few days and called on the public to help build a garden that they could enjoy

Mrs. Satchwell had to find a home for the handicapped within a few days and called on the public to help build a garden that they could enjoy

She claims that social workers have told her to wash in a swimming pool.

Mrs. Satchwell also had her Personal Independence Payments (PIP) canceled and was forced to go to court to reclaim £ 2,000 she owed by the DWP.

She said: & # 39; Losing my leg was actually the least painful part of what happened, everything afterwards was worse.

& # 39; Fortunately my daughter looks a lot like me, she's not going to break, but if I can't get my prosthetic leg, she's bound to the house. & # 39;

In June this year, Mrs. Satchwell was determined to make the garden of her house more accessible so that she could spend more time outside with Gia.

She asked for help online, but a man who approached and offered her to repair the garden for free, had it dug out and in a terrible state, with the plates ruined before he did not return as expected.

Thanks to a flat surface and driveway, Mrs. Satchwell can easily enter the garden with her wheelchair and Gia likes slides and swings.

Thanks to a flat surface and driveway, Mrs. Satchwell can easily enter the garden with her wheelchair and Gia likes slides and swings.

Thanks to a flat surface and driveway, Mrs. Satchwell can easily enter the garden with her wheelchair and Gia likes slides and swings.

WHAT IS DIABETIC FOOT?

Diabetic foot occurs when ulcers are caused by minor cuts, leaving patients at risk of amputation.

It occurs in a maximum of one in 10 diabetes patients.

Diabetic foot is caused by high glucose levels over a longer period of time leading to nerve damage or loss of blood circulation to the extremities of the body.

This can cause feet to become numb.

People with diabetes must regularly check their feet for signs of damage, including cuts, swelling, hardening skin and discoloration.

Source: Diabetes.co.uk

Mrs. Satchwell said: & # 39; We wanted to do something with the garden, it's the size of a park and it would mean that the world can play outside with Gia. & # 39;

Mrs. Satchwell was later visited by gardener Hannah Goldsmith, who was deeply saddened to hear what had happened and launched a GoFundMe call to help transform her garden.

Thanks to a flat surface and driveway, Mrs. Satchwell can easily enter the garden with her wheelchair and Gia likes slides and swings.

Mrs. Goldsmith said: “Before she knew it, Mrs. Satchwell had become an amputee and then life became very difficult mentally, physically, emotionally and financially.

& # 39; The little things in life became difficult, the things that we all take for granted, such as taking a shower or going into her backyard to see her daughter play as a normal six-year-old should be able to do.

& # 39; All Heather wanted was to turn the garden into a safe space where Gia could forget everything that was happening around her. & # 39;

Mrs. Satchwell said: “We used to be such outrageous people, we would have a movie night on Saturday, but that would be the only night the TV was on.

& # 39; Now Gia is on a tablet 24/7 because she can't go out without me.

& # 39; She's invited to children's parties, but can't go there, we'd like to have some swings and slides here so she could have people around. & # 39;

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