‘Please cut off my legs’ Disabled dad’s agony over untreatable gaping wound from flesh-eating bug

Harrowing pictures show how MRSA has eaten away at the skin and muscle behind multiple sclerosis sufferer Thomas McKell’s knee.

A dad begged doctors to amputate his legs after a flesh-eating bug left him with a gaping wound that cannot be treated.

Former joiner Thomas McKell has multiple sclerosis and complications mean he can’t straighten his legs.

The skin and muscle behind his knee has been eaten away by bug MRSA, leaving him in agony for four years.

He and mum Pauline, 57, wanted us to publish harrowing pictures of him in hospital in a desperate bid to get help for him.

She said: “At one point, it was so bad, he said he wanted them to amputate his legs.”

“Thomas is severely disabled with MS and we just don’t know where to turn to.

“We have been shoved from pillar to post and things just seem to get worse. He’s such a poor soul.

“He was diagnosed with MS in his 20s. He used to be fit and active.

“He loved football and supported Celticand even went to see them in Seville. He used to work as a joiner and was always on the go.

“For four years, they have been cleaning the wound on his leg but it never seems to get any better.

 

The gaping wound left on the back of Thomas McKell’s knee by a flesh-eating bug (Image: UGC MSN)

“It’s heartbreaking. We’re now told he has a category four MRSA wound. He is in a terrible state and even the plastic surgeon was shocked when he saw it. We just don’t know what to do for him.

“Surely someone shouldn’t just be left like this in this day and age?”

Dad-of-two Thomas, 37, is stuck in the foetal position because of muscle wastage causing his legs to retract.

He may have to have the tendons cut in his legs to allow them to be straightened.

Health chiefs insist he is getting the right treatment and they promised to meet his family to discuss his care.

But Pauline, from Castlemilk, Glagsow, is appalled by his physical and mental state.

Thomas was treated in Glasgow Royal Infirmary but is now a patient in the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Pauline, who also has MS, said they are still waiting for test results on his leg wound.

Her comments on Thomas’s plight come after a Scottish hospital was investigated over the care of a multiple sclerosis patient stuck in the foetal position for more than two years.

 

Celtic fan Thomas McKell, top right, dons a huge hat during a trip to see his side play in Seville in 2003 (Image: Collect Unknown)

Former reservist soldier Billy Barclay, 60, was moved from Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride – where he had been trapped because a care home place couldn’t be found – after the Record exposed his ordeal.

His daughter Barbara said he received much better care at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.But staff there discovered he had two fractures and a serious infection.

Social workers issued Hairmyres with an adult protection order over his care in 2017.

Pauline McKell says the wound on her son’s leg won’t heal despite four years of treatment (Image: Daily Record)

Pauline added: “We can’t believe that this kind of negligence is happening again. It’s a disgrace. Medical staff have been horrified at the state of his leg. It is just nowhere near good enough.

“They are now talking about taking skin off his thighs to graft onto the wound. It is just one thing after another and everything seems to take so long to happen. Why does it have to be like that?

“I am disgusted. He just needs help.”

Labour and Co-operative MP for Glasgow North East Paul Sweeney is backing the family.

He said: “These pictures of Thomas are extremely distressing and I can only imagine how his family feel looking on helplessly as he suffers.

Dad of two Thomas McKell has multiple sclerosis and complications mean he can’t straighten his legs (Image: UGC)

 

“This comes amid ongoing questions about a chronic lack of resources and understaffing at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

“Whatever has happened up to this point it is important that the McKell family are given assurances that someone has taken ownership of Thomas’s future care and I will support them in ensuring that happens.

A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “We are sorry to hear that this woman is unhappy with her son’s care.

“We would like to reassure her that he is receiving the appropriate medical treatment and nursing care.

“We are arranging to meet with this patient’s family to ensure they are kept informed about all aspects of his care and are given the opportunity to discuss any concerns they have.”

Source: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/please-cut-legs-disabled-dads-16527594

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