Patient donation to hospital after staff saved his life

A Grimsby patient has thanked staff who saved his life by donating a canvas he won in a competition.

A&E doctor Adam Al-Hakim, ECC department manager Annmarie Fowler, Philip Frejiszyn, UTC manager Mary Webber and SHCA Paul Heron.

Philip Frejiszyn was rushed into Diana Princess of Wales Hospital’s A&E in November last year with a flesh-eating disease called necrotising fasciitis.

This is a rare but serious bacterial infection that affects the tissue beneath the skin and surrounding muscles and organs.

The 66-year-old said the pain started in his ankle and got so intense that he had to go straight to A&E in the early hours of the morning.

While in hospital, his condition deteriorated and he had a heart attack, kidney failure, liver failure and sepsis.

Mr Frejiszyn said a lot of his time in the hospital is a blur but he remembers at one point signing a consent form to have his leg removed.

Luckily with the help of staff at Grimsby hospital, he was able to keep his leg and is now recovering well, although he is in a wheelchair.

Mr Frejiszyn went on to have operations at Castle Hill Hospital and Hull Royal Infirmary.

The keen photographer entered a competition in the Grimsby Telegraph run in conjunction with Comley Cameras in Cleethorpes.

He photographed the summer solstice in Healing back in June and won the top prize – a canvas worth £70.

Mr Frejiszyn decided he wanted to donate this to the A&E department to thank them for helping him.

“They did such a fantastic job to keep me alive. It has been nice returning to meet the staff. I have had five operations since. There is still a long way to go.”

Despite missing Christmas due to being in hospital, Mr Frejiszyn was able to have a festive dinner with his family in February.

UTC manager Mary Webber said: “We are delighted to meet Mr Frejiszyn and we are happy to hear that his recovery is going so well. The canvas that he has donated is absolutely beautiful and it will be displayed with pride in our department.”

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