A 68-year-old who had to have his leg amputated after developing sepsis died just days later, a court has heard. 

Glen James, of Da Volls Court in Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth, had been receiving regular care at home. 

Nurses attended to his leg, which had become infected, multiple times a week. 

On March 27, the retired production operator was admitted to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital

He was diagnosed with sepsis and leg ulcers which resulted in him having to have his right leg amputated above the knee on April 1. 

Reading from the evidence at an inquest into his death, Yvonne Blake, area coroner for Norfolk, said it was an “uncomplicated surgery” and that Mr James “had made a good recovery from the procedure.” 

By April 7, he was considered medically fit for discharge and had been discussing rehabilitation options as he was “keen to get out of bed and mobilise as much as possible.” 

But the following day, he became unwell.  

His condition deteriorated and he died at the hospital on April 13. 

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The final inquest was held at Norfolk Coroner’s Court at County Hall, Norwich, on December 12. 

His medical cause of death was given as bilateral pneumonia due to, or as a consequence of, an above the knee amputation of chronic infected leg ulcers. 

He also had severe coronary arteriosclerosis. 

Ms Blake gave a conclusion of “natural causes”. 

Mr James was born on January 3, 1955, in Birmingham and was married to Brenda James, a retired health care assistant. 

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