A man with severe osteoarthritis in his right leg is on the verge of a return to work after being diagnosed with an infection and needing to undergo surgery.
But his condition may not be what doctors had hoped for.
As a result, the 29-year-old from a small town in northern New South Wales has had to spend the past few days in a rehabilitation facility where he had previously undergone three surgeries, and is expected to be discharged from the hospital in a few days.
The man, who is not named, has been diagnosed with Burkitt-Neville syndrome, which is a degenerative joint disease that can affect muscles and joints, and it is believed to be the first known instance of the disease affecting a human.
His rehabilitation team is working with the NSW Department of Health and the Queensland Government’s Department of Human Services to try and get him back into work.
“It’s been quite a struggle, and I’m trying to be patient with my doctors, so hopefully we’ll be able to get him to work,” said Dr Daniel Hinch, a physiotherapist at the hospital.
“I think it’s going to be quite difficult for him to get back into the hospital, but hopefully he’ll be in a better place by then.”
The man is being treated at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and his condition is said to be stable, but he is receiving antibiotics, which he is taking in order to reduce the chance of infection.
The hospital is offering the man a $5000 lump sum, and said they are hoping for a good outcome.
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