WALKING WOUNDED: Podiatrists Scott Jen and Rebecca Nunn inspect Ken Large’s problematic foot, which will be amputated next month.
WALKING WOUNDED: Podiatrists Scott Jen and Rebecca Nunn inspect Ken Large’s problematic foot, which will be amputated next month. Rob Williams

Ken's life saving surgery

LOSING a leg would be a daunting prospect for most, but Ken Large says he's "fine with it".

"If it's got to go, it's got to go," Mr Large, 61 said.

"If it's going to prolong my life for a few more years then so be it."

The operation to remove Ken's leg below the knee scheduled for July 20 will save his life.

An ulcer opened up on his foot more than a year ago and became infected.

Antibiotics haven't resolved the infection which has now spread to his bone leaving amputation as the best course of action.

This won't be the first time Ken has woken up missing something, or the first time he's had to learn to walk again.

About two years ago his toe was cut off under similar circumstances.

In 1990 Mr Large broke his back.

He had nine operations, was told he would never walk again and spent seven years in bed.

"One day my friend came and in said 'we're going to learn to walk again', and I did. It took a couple of years, but I did it," he said.

Although Mr Large doesn't consider the amputation the best outcome, it is the best chance at gaining more time with his grandchildren.

"For anybody in a similar situation, make sure you ask your GP to check your feet," Mr Large said.

"Check if you have diabetes. If you can get treatment you can prevent some of this."



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