The wife of a Sutton man who is in constant agony due to a stab wound scar that will not heal says that they are desperate for doctors to find out what is wrong with him.
Jimmy Wainwright (55) was stabbed in the stomach while working as a security guard 30 years ago and needed surgery.
Around four years ago the scar opened up and started to bleed and grow.
Said his wife Pauline (49): “It got bigger and bigger and eventually they referred him to King’s Mill.
“They did a scan and found a foreign body in his wound.”
In August 2011 Jimmy had an operation to remove the foreign body - thought to be a surgical pin - but this did not stop the bleeding from the old scar.
Ever since then he has had frequent large bleeds, the last of these meaning he needed a transfusion of eight pints of blood and nearly died.
However doctors are baffled why Jimmy’s wound will not heal and he has now been in King’s Mill Hospital for nearly four months without medics being any closer to finding a cure.
And he is afraid that he could have another major bleed at any time.
“They have not got a clue what’s wrong with him,” said Pauline, of Northwood Avenue in Sutton.
“They just don’t know.
“He is very, very poorly. He just wants to go to sleep and not wake up because he is in so much pain constantly.”
The Wainwrights had to sell their home and move into a council flat due to the financial consequences of Jimmy not being able to work because of the bleeding wound, and Pauline says he feels like he ‘has lost everything’.
“He used to go to the gym three times a week, he did permanent nights, he loved going fishing and going on holiday, but over the last two-and-a-half years he has been able to do nothing,” she said.
The couple have complained to King’s Mill during the course of Jimmy’s problem about the lack of progress being made, but say that they do not know how or whether a cure for the injury will be found.
“All we want at the end of the day is if they don’t know how to deal with his wound, that they transfer him to someone who does,” Pauline added.
Susan Bowler, executive nurse director, said that the hospital was doing all it can to help Jimmy.
She said: “The Trust prides itself on the excellent care we provide to our patients.
“Mr Wainwright has complex medical and surgical needs, and we are working with specialists from the medical and plastic surgery teams to get the best outcome for him.
“This involves liaising with colleagues from Nottingham University Hospitals.
“We have apologised to Mr Wainwright for any distress experienced during his period of care at King’s Mill Hospital.”