Woman had leg amputated after ‘paper cut’ from a porcelain ornament

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A woman who has spent 17 years dealing with the pain of a freak paper cut injury has had her leg amputated.

Rebecca Humphreys' foot was first causing pain when she was injured at the age of 15, where her injury looked like little more than a "paper cut".

Her injury was from a porcelain ornament but was not believed to be a serious injury until her foot had ballooned to the size of a rugby ball two weeks later.

Doctors looking at her food said it needed to be amputated "there and then," but surgery was ruled out after a second opinion.

It was later discovered that the porcelain ornament had caused nerve damage, which proved to be an excruciating problem for Rebecca. Doctors said her foot was fine and the pain wasn't real.

She was later diagnosed with a chronic regional pain condition, with painkillers prescribed doing little to lift the misery.

Over the years of her dealing with the damage, Rebecca had hundreds of doctors appointments, treatments and therapies.

But the pain continued for 17 years, with sport-loving Humphreys eventually having to give up her job as her mobility decreased.

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Surgeons were reluctant to amputate as it was not guaranteed to stop the pain, but the now 33-year-old said she felt immediately happier after her leg was removed, according to YorkshireLive.

She said: "I didn't once look or wonder about the amputation. I just felt like the weight off my shoulders had lifted.

"It made me feel like I have hope and feel so grateful for a second chance in life. I'm so thankful for all the support even if I'm not fully recovered I'll never look back in any doubt."

Rebecca's' mum, Theresa, said: "It is more manageable. She was right all along. She was telling people all along since she was 15. Everyone kept saying it was a healthy foot. We found a consultant who believed in her."

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