Norwich grandmother's distress as hip operation leaves her housebound
Archant Norfolk 2018
A grandmother has claimed she can no longer play with her granddaughter and has been forced to go into a nursing home after an operation on her hip went wrong.
Carol Leggett, of Foresters Close, Norwich, broke her hip after a fall in March last year, which caused the 62-year-old to need surgery at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).
But her hip replacement became contaminated, and she said the resulting procedure to correct it had left her unable to walk or leave the house.
Ms Leggett said: “They said it was contaminated and I had it all out, they removed the lot. They said I had contaminated my hip myself - but I don’t see how that’s possible - and now I’ve got to go into care.”
She said she was now unable to walk unassisted or play with her three-year-old granddaughter Louisa.
“I can’t get down to play with her,” she added.
“Before this I had only had one operation in my life, I’ve got Parkinson’s and diabetes but I was independent, I took my time but I used to walk to Horsham St Faith. But I lock myself away now because I can’t.
“I used to dress myself and everything but I can’t do anything now, I can’t even put on my underwear.“
Ms Leggett said she had some help from family - and social services had provided her with a wheelchair - but she did not understand how it could happen.
She said: “What normal woman goes in under the knife and comes out like this?”
A spokesman for NNUH said: “We are sorry to hear about Carol Leggett’s post-operative complications. Unfortunately, with all hip fracture surgery there is risk of infection and patients are fully informed of this prior to surgery. We have responded to Ms Leggett’s concerns about the procedure carried out in March 2017 and we have provided detailed explanations to these in writing.
“If Ms Leggett has concerns about the second procedure which was carried out in August 2017, we would encourage her to put this into writing and we can of course fully investigate any concerns she may have.”