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This woman had her leg amputated after getting blisters from wearing new heels to a Christmas party

Note to self: only wear fully broken-in shoes from now on.

By Catriona Harvey-Jenner
woman has leg amputated

Well this is terrifying. A woman has lost her leg thanks to a blister she got after too much dancing in her Christmas party shoes, and now I'm never going to buy new shoes ever again.

37-year-old Lorraine Burnett from Scotland had bought a new pair of heels ahead of her festive party, but when she did, she never would have thought they could cause the loss of a limb.

"I'd stayed out dancing until the early hours, so thought nothing of achy feet. But then two years later I was having my leg removed. It breaks my heart to think my five inch heels cost me my leg," said Lorraine.

The night out in question was a pub crawl around her Scottish home town, and the care assistant recalls noticing a huge blister the following day.

"There was a big red blister on my left leg. Being a carer, I knew what I needed to do - just clean it and dress it," she said. "But after a week, it was so painful so I went to the doctors and was prescribed antibiotics. I really thought they would help as it just seemed like a bad wound."

But the blister on her heel didn't seem to respond to the antibiotics and soon after Lorraine was left unable to walk, meaning she had to cut back on her duties at work.

Doctors then referred Lorraine to the local hospital, where they debrided (removed the contaminated skin) around the wound, but it continued to get infected. After two years, Lorraine was given the devastating ultimatum - either endure these repeated infections for the rest of her life, or have her lower leg removed.

Medics recommended amputation and, in November 2010, she had the five-hour surgery to remove her lower left leg. With daughter Megan just 10 at the time, Lorraine had to move in with family while she got used to life as an amputee.

"I had to give up my job, which was heartbreaking. I couldn't believe how much my life has changed over a couple of years," she said. "I'd gone from someone who liked to go out all the time - a real party girl who enjoyed the good life – to pretty completely housebound."

It's thought that Lorraine's Type 2 diabetes caused the infections to the blister which ultimately led to the amputation, with patients of the disease being up to 30 times more likely to lose a limb because of the way the illness affects the circulation of blood to the extremities.

Now, Lorraine is living with a prosthetic leg provided by the British healthcare system, but she is keen to raise funds to buy a new, more realistic-looking one.

"A new prosthetic would mean I would look more like a lady again, not having to hide it," she said, adding: "I can't show my leg off and feel like myself."

"A new leg would mean a new life for me."

Lorraine is raising money for her new leg via her Go Fund Me page.

Source: Cosmo UK