A MUM today told how she has been left a prisoner in her own home after having both legs amputated in the space of a year.
Toni Trott, 47, from Southwick, underwent major surgery last summer after doctors were forced to remove her leg due to a serious vascular disease.
But only 12 months later she was forced to endure the same horrendous experience after a decision to remove the other leg was taken.
The double amputee has now been left trapped in her own home and unable to even have a shower as she waits for the necessary work to adapt her house.
Now her worried friends and family have began fund-raising in a bid to buy an electric wheelchair to give her a sense of freedom again.
Toni said: “I can’t even shower at home so I can only have one when I am in hospital. I have been told it will at least another six months before I have one fitted.
“I can’t get in or out of my house because of the steps so I have no independence at all. Both of my daughters Kelly, 31, and Victoria, 24, have moved back in to help.”
The mother-of-five also wishes there had been more support available for her and her family as they came to terms with what happened.
She said: “There is no help for people who have had amputations – I have had no counselling or anyone to talk to at all.
“My family have found it really hard as well, especially some of my grandchildren, who also could have benefited from talking to someone.
The trouble began when she suffered a stomach haemorrhage in 2008 and was told by doctors that she had a vascular condition that could not be cured.
The grandmother-of-eight said: “It has been totally life changing and obviously a huge shock.
“It started when I began having trouble with my legs and I thought it was from driving too much.
“However I did not realise what was happening until it was too late and when I eventually saw my GP there was little they could do.
“I went through two operations to try and save my leg originally but a year later the same thing happened again.”
But in spite of her ordeal Mrs Trott hopes that if one good thing could come out of her experience it would be that she could help other people.
She said: “I would love to be able to help others and set up a group that provides support to amputees in the area.
“A lot of people lose limbs for many different reasons, such as diabetes, and it spans across all ages.”