A man who lost his right leg is set to receive a seven figure compensation pay-out after Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) admitted medical negligence.
The hospital failed to appropriately resolve an infection which developed after routine knee replacement surgery.
The 52-year-old had initially undergone a right knee replacement in 2005 but the problems persisted and a second replacement operation was carried out the following year.
The knee continued to swell and he started to suffer from fainting and hot sweats, he attended BRI, was given antibiotics and sent home.
He was then given antibiotics and an arthroscopic washout of the knee was carried out.
The knee constantly gave way and, despite wearing a knee brace, he was unable to walk or do everyday tasks, forcing him to resign from his job as an HGV mechanic.
Abscesses developed on his knee and an operation to remove them took place in March 2009.
At this stage, swabs indicated the presence of deep longstanding infections which had been present for at least two years after the second knee replacement at BRI in 2006.
Muscle tissue and ligaments were so badly damaged his leg was amputated above the knee in March 2011.
By then the patient had instructed solicitors to pursue a claim for medical negligence against BRI and the subsequent investigation found that a microbiology test result from the washout in January 2007 had been positive but the result had been filed and no action taken.
A medical expert ruled that had the hospital acted on these results, the correct procedure would have been to reopen and clean the knee within one month of the second knee replacement in 2006.
Jane McBennett, of Morrish Solicitors, said: “Having worked hard all his life he now found himself in the position where he was in serious financial difficulty.
“Unfortunately the hospital never admitted their mistake and it was only as a result of these proceedings that the truth emerged and we were able to successfully pursue a claim for compensation.”