Mr Zack (not real name), aged 49, has lived with diabetes for 10 years.
He matched on a stick stump and had a minor wound. Neighborhood nurse cared for the wound.
Three weeks later, whole foot got swollen and painful
He consulted a herbal healer who said it was a type of poison called “acha ere” in local parlance. Antidote was commenced.
Four weeks later, story did not change. He left the herbalist and presented at a private general practitioner’s office.
One week later, he was referred to a Federal Medical Center where he was reviewed by the endocrinologist, plastic surgeon and orthopedic surgeon.
Verdict. He has gangrene of the affected foot and would need amputation.
Time to take decision!! Zack chose to be discharged home against medical advice. He chose to die instead of losing a part of his body. And, he died, at 49.
Choice made. End of my story….. Leave your comments.