Harvey Spurrell’s doctor told him that there was nothing further that could be done to restore blood flow to his left foot. He should simply go home and accept that eventually his foot would have to be amputated.
But his wife, a retired nurse, refused to believe this was their only option. “She said to me, ‘If someone told me I was going to lose my limb, I would go to the ends of the earth to find something that could be done about it,’ “ says Spurrell.
A resident of Newfoundland, Canada, Spurrell is 68 and has a number of health challenges, including rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes. He also has peripheral artery disease (PAD), a common side-effect of diabetes in which the blood vessels become damaged, reducing blood flow to the tissues.