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Homeless man should have double leg amputation to save his life, says judge

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 01 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n300
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A High Court judge has ruled that it would be in a homeless man’s best interests to have both legs amputated below the knee after he was found in a bus shelter with severely frostbitten feet and diagnosed with acute limb ischaemia.1

Mr Justice Hayden, vice president of the court of protection, said he found it “deeply shocking to hear how it is possible in modern Britain for a relatively young man living on the streets of a major city, in the enhanced visibility of our present public health crisis, to have suffered in the way that he obviously has.”

The man, referred to as TM and thought to be aged about 42, is …

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