Daughter demands answers from Royal Stoke as ‘dad died with bone sticking out of leg’


A great-grandfather ‘died with a broken bone protruding from his leg’ after doctors at Royal Stoke ‘failed to locate the injury’. John Jenkinson’s furious daughter is now demanding to know why her father was discharged from Royal Stoke University Hospital with an ‘undiagnosed broken leg’.

The great-grandfather of three drove to the Hartshill complex after falling at his Stafford home on August 13. He remained in hospital for about 10 days before being sent home.

But when he was released, his daughter Lisa Jenkinson said doctors failed to notice the 80-year-old had a broken leg. Just two days after discharge, Lisa called John’s GP who immediately noticed his leg was deformed and she was warned that the broken bone was likely to puncture the skin.

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John, a retired prison officer, had already had two knee replacements and suffered from a variety of conditions including heart failure, septic arthritis, asthma and COPD. He was receiving end-of-life care and Lisa says he refused to return to the hospital to have his leg treated because he was afraid he would die there.

The bone broke through the skin on September 16 and Lisa says her father was in a lot of pain. He died at home on November 25, and although an inquest concluded the broken leg did not contribute to John’s death, Lisa believes the excruciating pain her father was in could have been avoided. Now Lisa has made a formal complaint to the Royal Stoke.

The 52-year-old said: “I live in London but used to come and see him once or twice a week. He was in end-of-life care but I still took him around town in his wheelchair. and push him around Stafford. The day he got that injury, we were out that day.

The bone protruding from John Jenkinson’s leg

“He fell at home and was taken to Royal Stoke. They did an x-ray of his hip but they didn’t x-ray around his leg and in my opinion missed a broken leg.

“I said he could walk normally and asked why he couldn’t walk when he was in the hospital. I was explaining to them that it was not normal. But my father wanted to go home and when i spoke to the doctor he just said he is receiving end of life care and should not be admitted anymore.

“He was sent home. The days after he was released from hospital he was in so much pain. A district nurse came to see him and said he looked dislocated. His GP also came out and said he looked like he was bending his thigh. It was obvious to them as soon as he was released from the hospital that something was wrong.

“He didn’t want to go back to the hospital and the district nursing team knew the bone was going to break through the skin. Every day he would come out more.

“He couldn’t walk or reposition himself in bed. He couldn’t move without someone moving him and he got horrible bedsores. He wasn’t incontinent before he fell, but because he didn’t couldn’t move, he had to use pads. It was horrible.

John Jenkinson
John Jenkinson

“I believe something could have been done when he was in the hospital. He could have been offered a brace, external pinning, or he could have accepted an amputation.”

Lisa says she wants the hospital to agree that they should have x-rayed John’s leg. She says her father died in “great pain” which she believes was preventable and she doesn’t want anyone else to suffer from this.

Lisa added: “The inquest found that the bone going through his skin did not contribute to his death and I accept that. But I think it did because he lost the will to live. He was in so much pain that he thought that was it.

“I don’t think he must have died with a bone sticking out of his leg. Just because he was receiving end-of-life care doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make sure it’s as good as possible.

“I want the hospital to admit they should have x-rayed his leg. I got a phone call from the complaints department and they are looking into it now. It’s really hard for the hospital to ask ‘did you do this or that? you assume they did everything that needed to be done.

“It was absolutely horrifying to watch. It was unbelievable. My dad died in great pain which was preventable and I don’t want anyone else to go through that.”

The Royal Stoke is aware of Lisa’s complaint.

Chief Nursing Officer Ann-Marie Riley said: “We will always aim to provide the highest possible standards of care and will investigate when patients and families raise concerns about the care provided in our hospitals, to resolve any issues and see if there are any lessons to be learned.We have received a complaint from John Jenkinson’s daughter and will investigate the issues raised about her father’s care and report our findings.

“During his inquest, the coroner concluded that John Jenkinson died of long-standing complications following knee replacement surgery and following a fall.”

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