For this, I was lucky to be in the care of Shadi Ghali and his expert team at Royal Free. Ghali works on an honourable principle, he said, of preferring not to amputate on the basis of a Cat scan without “if possible having a look inside”. This he did with a third operation on Friday 14 June, establishing that a capillary less than 1mm wide remained alive. A weekend passed during which his team offered cold comfort that they “hoped” a further operation on Monday would be successful. “So I’m not out of the woods yet?” I asked. “No, not yet.” It was a long weekend.
Spotlight on a specialist: Mr Shadi Ghali, Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon