Teenager has leg amputated after suffering from ingrown toenail

Hannah Moore from Stalbridge, England has spent the last few years dealing with something that most of us recover from in a matter of days. At the age of 16, the sporty teenager suffered a scratch on her toe that led to a badly ingrown toenail. Being used to the aches and pains that go along with an athletic lifestyle, Hannah ignored the nagging discomfort until she couldn’t stand it any longer.

When Hannah went to the doctor, her foot was in such bad shape that they had no choice but to operate. Fortunately it was only a minor operation and at first everything seemed to have gone well. But when Hannah’s pain continued and her foot began to swell and become discolored, it was obvious that there was something else going on.

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Her doctors couldn’t find any signs of infection and further tests also gave no clues as to what was causing her foot to turn black and scaly. Hannah’s doctors tried various treatments but her condition continued to worsen. Eventually she had an actual hole in her foot and a bleeding ulcer that had to be removed surgically.

Hannah remained brave and continued to try all of the treatments her doctors recommended, but she also wanted her life back: „The past three years have been an absolute nightmare, it’s amazing how much my life changed because of an ingrown toenail,“ she recalls.

At the age of 19 Hannah had finally had enough and asked her doctors about the option of amputation. As medical professionals they couldn’t condone what they consider to be excessive or unnecessary measures and they advised her strongly against it. Due to this, the National Health Service (NHS) was not willing to pay the costs for an amputation. 

But Hannah was determined. She had lost three years of her life and she wanted the ordeal to be over. She decided to go against her doctor’s advice and have the operation anyway, paying for the $6,000 amputation out of her own pocket. And apparently it was the best decision she has ever made.

The operation was a complete success and Hannah is now completely free of pain and able to live life to the full again. Hanna herself has absolutely no regrets: „It stopped me from doing so many things, having my leg amputated was the best decision of my life.“

Hannah now has a prosthetic leg and is not only walking, but also running and cycling again. She has taken control of her own life and plans to compete in the 2020 Paralympic Games. 

It’s hard to believe that a simple ingrown toenail nearly ended her dreams, but Hannah has shown just how strong she really is. And no matter what happens in during the competition, her courage and determination will always make her a winner.



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