Lawrence Fauntleroy, of South Grafton. Says he picked up a serious infection 14 years ago at Lismore Base Hospital
Lawrence Fauntleroy, of South Grafton. Says he picked up a serious infection 14 years ago at Lismore Base Hospital

Man claims Base gave him golden staph

By JANE GARDNER

A SERIOUS infection Grafton man Lawrence Fauntleroy claims he caught at Lismore Base Hospital 14 years ago is still making his life hell.

"I have a golden staph infection. I can't take a bath with my threemonth-old baby, I can't go swimming. My leg weeps 24/7. It is disgusting and it is painful," he said.

Mr Fauntleroy, 42, says he caught the ubiquitous golden staph bug, or MRSA, after a bone graft operation in Lismore Base Hospital in 1993.

However, Lismore Base Hospital executive officer Dan Madden said this was not the case.

"Medical records indicate the patient was not infected with MRSA in LBH," he said.

"Numerous swabs were done during this and subsequent admissions, and none of the results showed the growth of any organism, including MRSA."

But Mr Fauntleroy is convinced.

He says for four years a large gaping hole in his leg was exposed and infected, requiring four doses of antibiotics a day and constant rebandaging.

The bug has infiltrated his bone and there seems to be no cure to the aggressive antibiotic-resistant strain.

Now, his painful condition has flared up again and he is seeking answers.

"I never got any back-up, despite the fact I got it (golden staph) from the hospital in the first place. It was just 'OK, see you later, good luck'," he said.

"There's no accountability. They say these infections are all under control but it's not. It is rampant."

Mr Madden said last week hospital staff gave Mr Fauntleroy advice on follow-up treatment in Grafton and pointed out the rate of MRSA was at lower levels in LBH last year than other NSW hospitals of the same size.



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