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IN People ON 04 Jan, 2016
Sophie Nicholas had gone through a surgery in order to cure her pain of high arches in 2007. Even after 8 such procedures, she was unable to walk and has since been on a wheelchair. She is 33 and a mother, and this is her story.
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Sophie had a condition causing high arches in her foot and went for a surgery to remove a 4 cm bone of her foot which the hospital has since admitted "inappropriate".
She has been on a wheelchair since after the surgery. Even after making errands to various physiotherapists, she has been in constant pain and unable to walk.
The hospital, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust, which treated her in 2007 then took full responsibility for it and has admitted that other options should have been considered. She was awarded £340,000 in compensation. Sophie has decided to get her lower leg removed completely and to be replaced by a prosthetic.
Sophie considers her prosthetic as a miracle as she is now able to walk, even do horse-riding and ice-skating. She has also been volunteering for a charity that helps disabled people to take part in sports.
Ms Nicholas says "I spent a long time being angry with the surgeon - because of him I couldn't walk and was stuck in a wheelchair. It was very difficult for me and my amazing daughter Hannah who had to become my career. It took two agonizing years to make the decision to have my leg amputated but it's the best one I've ever made."
According to Ms Nicholas, it was a huge and irreversible decision to get a leg amputation but it has allowed her to take full control on her life and has made her stronger.
When she woke up from the surgery, Ms Nicholson realised something was really wrong.She said: "None of my toes could touch the floor, they were all stuck in the air and it was even more painful than before. I was referred to another foot surgeon who said I should have had the tendons operated on and not the bones". However, in 2012 Sophie received the damage for her leg.