Mum-of-three falls on steps taking son to school – and has to have leg amputated

A mum has spoken of her grief at having to have her right leg amputated — as a result of a freak fall off concrete steps eight YEARS ago.

Julie Banwell, 43, has spent the best part of a decade suffering debilitating pain, undergoing operations and taking up to 50 tablets a day.

And the mother-of-three recently had her limb amputated, a move deemed by doctors the only option to end her crippling agony.

Julie, of Newsome, near Huddersfield in West Yorks., stumbled on concrete steps as she took her then five-year-old son to school back in April 2010.

She had stitches in her knee but was diagnosed with the rare complex regional pain syndrome 18 months later.

Julie, who works in education, said: "I was an active mother and after a simple fall taking my little boy to school I haven’t been able to walk. There is no cure, just lots of treatments that do not help.

“I have been to every hospital across Yorkshire and had three knee operations, phyisotherapy, lidocaine infusions, acupuncture, steroid injections into the leg and even a spinal cord stimulator implant.

“I’ve had loads of blood clots and was having to take 50 tablets a day. I have had every painkiller you can think of.”

But late last year, specialists at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary decided she must have the leg amputated.

Medics gave Julie only a 50/50 chance of the operation working but the surgery, carried out last week, appears to have been successful.

"I feel fantastic and I can’t thank everybody at the hospital enough for what they have done for me — they have been wonderful," Julie added.

She is hoping the next step will be to have a prosthetic limb fitted. However, that too is beset with complications with Julie saying there is only a 50-50 chance of it happening.

The mum continued: She added: “I’m very determined and would love to be able to walk again. I am just hoping that I can walk and have a life like other people.”

In a Facebook post she gave a poignant insight into the mental torture she has experienced, saying: “In a year and half it will be a decade of my life ruined just from a simple fall on some steps. People have only seen the physical consequences this has had on me not the emotional and mental.

“The grieving of life lost, the mental torture of the uncertainties from hospital specialists, the past five years constantly worrying if I have another blood clot, if it’s gonna explode and take me away.

“The having to hide all my emotions, put on a happy face for my children and for work just to try and have a life like others.

“The sitting up all night long in pain sobbing my heart out wondering if this will ever end. I went out to take my boy to school that morning and never thought this would then be how I would spend the rest of my life.”

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