Jennifer Hall remembers vividly the shock she felt the night a doctor said her painful leg needed to be amputated.
“It started out as a little ache, but one night, my left leg was hurting so badly,” Hall, a Hattiesburg resident, said of her experience in late 2014. “I went to the emergency room, and my leg was turning colors. They called in a surgeon, and he did surgery right then to take a quick look.
“Next thing I know, he told me to consult with my family, and that he would need to take it at the knee or at the ankle. That's when my mother took me to UMMC.”
She was transported by ambulance to the University of Mississippi Medical Center and admitted, Hall said. Dr. Greg Stanley, assistant professor of vascular surgery and a limb salvage specialist, “was waiting on me.” Her condition, she said, appeared to stem from an earlier experience with blood clots below her left knee that ended up damaging an artery.
“We ended up doing surgery first thing in the morning, and he came in and told me he didn't see a need for amputation,” Hall said.
“We throw everything at patients that we have. We are able to save over 90 percent of legs in patients who come here,” said Stanley, a physician in the Medical Center's Division of Vascular Surgery. “We really are saving limbs. There are hundreds of patients who have been told they needed an amputation. To this day, they have their legs.”