A DESPERATE dad begged doctors to amputate his leg after a flesh-eating bug chomped its way through his limb – leaving him in agony.
Thomas McKell, from Glasgow, Scotland, has been left unable to move his legs and is stuck in a foetal position in hospital.
The former joiner, 37, who has multiple sclerosis, has been fighting MRSA for the past four years.
The superbug has eaten the skin and muscle behind his knee.
Thomas’ mum Pauline, 57, has been sharing harrowing pictures of her son in hospital in a desperate bid to get him help.
She told the Daily Record: “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.”
He was diagnosed with MS in his 20s, when he used to be fit and active – loving nothing better than supporting his beloved Celtic.
But for the past four years, Thomas’ condition seems to have gotten worse.
Pauline, who also has MS, said that even the plastic surgeon who came to see him was “shocked” by Thomas’ state.
“Surely someone shouldn’t just be left like this in this day and age?” she asked.
The dad-of-two has been stuck in a foetal position because of muscle wastage which has caused his lefts to retract.
In order to straighten his legs again, Thomas may need to have his tendons cut.
Thomas was treated in Glasgow Royal Infirmary but is now a patient in the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
The family is still waiting for test results on Thomas’ leg wound.
Pauline added that the family was disgusted by the level of “negligence” her son had experienced, calling it 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.
What is MRSA?
MRSA is a deadly bacterial superbug that is resistant to a number of antibiotics and incredibly difficult to treat.
It is usually spread through skin-to-skin contact with someone who has an infection or has the bacteria living on their skin.
The bacteria can also spread through contact with contaminated objects such as towels, sheets, clothes, dressings, surfaces, door handles and floors.
People in hospitals are most at risk as the bacteria can spread easily due to lost of people visiting them, there is often a clear way for bacteria to get into the body such as a surgical wound and they will be vulnerable to infection.
To prevent MRSA from spreading…
Make sure you wash your hands frequently, especially after using the toilet.
Follow any advice given about wound care and devices that can lead to infection.
Report any unclean toilet or bathroom facilities to staff.
Before and after visiting someone in hospital clean your hand before and after entering the ward.
“It is just one thing after another and everything seems to take so long to happen. Why does it have to be like that?”
Pauline’s shocking comments come after another Scottish hospital was investigated over the care of an MS patient stuck in a foetal position for more than two years.
The Daily Record revealed that a former reservist soldier Billy Barclay, 60, had been stuck in a foetal position in a hospital for more than two years.
He had been discovered to have suffered two fractures and a serious infection after being trapped in Haimyres Hospital in East Kilbride.
A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde told the Daily Record: “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.”