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Relief for disabled man after 70 e-mails

PUBLISHED: 19:57 31 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:06 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH man who had to have part of his leg amputated will have a temporary ramp built at his home after his son sent more than 70 e-mails to highlight his father's plight.

AN IPSWICH man who had to have part of his leg amputated will have a temporary ramp built at his home after his son sent more than 70 e-mails to highlight his father's plight.

John Mitchell, 64, has been released from hospital after undergoing an operation last month to amputate one of his legs below the knee.

But when he returned to his home in Mallard Way, Ipswich, he had to be helped up the stairs by his son Steve as no temporary ramp had been built.

Mr Mitchell jnr said that a request had been made to the council to install a ramp as his father would be confined to a wheelchair for the foreseeable future.

He said: "The council have been very helpful by putting in a handrail and providing a second wheelchair to get him upstairs, but the ramp should have been sorted out before he came out. He spent the first day at home ringing around the council just getting pushed about."

After his father had tried to contact the relevant department, Mr Mitchell jnr took the initiative and e-mailed his predicament to more than 70 councillors, MEP's and media sources.

He said: "I just sent it to everybody I could think of - my dad is unable to get out of his house unless I carry him out into his wheelchair."

Now his father is to have a temporary ramp constructed – and the council have started to measure up for this to be built as soon as possible.

He needed to have the amputation after a bizarre chain of events left doctors with no other choice.

A diabetic, he caught his toe on a staple on a divan bed two months ago. But he then suffered with bad circulation and the infection became gangrenous, working its way up his body.

A council spokesman said: "We are in regular touch with Mr Mitchell and Social Services are doing all they can to help, in the meantime we wish him well over the festive period."


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