A judge has ruled that a homeless man who collapsed in a bus shelter with frostbite on both feet should be subjected to a double amputation.
Doctors told Mr Justice Hayden that the man who was considered an illegal immigrant from Zimbabwe in his forties had necrosis in his legs and could die if his feet were not amputated.
You said the situation was “serious”.
The judge ruled that the man recently found on the street in the Greater Manchester area lacked the mental capacity to make decisions about treatment.
He concluded that it would be in the man’s best interests to have both legs amputated below the knee.
London-based Judge Hayden heard evidence at an urgent hearing in the Court of Protection Thursday during which judges examine questions about individuals who may lack the mental capacity to make decisions.
He said the man could not be identified in media reports of the case.
The heads of the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, based in Greater Manchester, are responsible for treating the man and asked to determine which steps would be in his best interests.
Justice Hayden selected a specialist, Dr. Michael Riste, who was involved in the man’s concern for praise.
The judge spoke to the man through an online link to a hospital during the hearing.
He said he learned the man was a Manchester United fan who had a daughter.
It turned out that the man did not understand the consequences of his plight but wanted to go on living, said the judge.
Mr Justice Hayden heard that the man had probably arrived in the UK a few years ago and was an “overstayer”.
The man has been assisted by staff from the official attorney’s office who offer assistance to vulnerable individuals involved in legal disputes.
Attorney Katie Gollop QC, who took instructions from the official attorney’s staff and represented the man at the hearing, raised concerns that he could remain in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
But Justice Hayden said Britain was a mature and democratic society and was hoping the man would be offered prosthetic legs.