Coronavirus: nurse who ignored pain has amputated leg


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Sette Buenaventura was determined not to let her sore leg stop her from working

A nurse who ignored the lingering pain to continue working on the coronavirus frontline had her leg amputated after finding a tumor.

Sette Buenaventura, 26, ignored the cramp in her right calf for eight weeks while working at Royal Salford Hospital.

A CT scan in April revealed sarcoma and her leg was removed above the knee.

She said working as a nurse means “you forget your own pains because you are busy helping others… but everything comes at a cost.”

Ms Buenaventura, from Eccles, had had difficulty walking due to the pain in her leg, but assumed she was feeling the side effects of being up all day.

“When Covid-19 started, we worked really hard, we didn’t have time to worry about the aches,” she said.

“We were there every hour to help anyone who needed us [and] I really tasted this level of commitment.

“This is what working in hospitals is like – you forget about your own pains because you are busy helping others, which I love to do, but it all comes at a cost. “

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Sette Buenaventura wants others to listen more to their bodies

She said the cancerous tumor had swelled to “the size of a golf ball” and was told in May that her only chance of survival was amputation.

“When they told me I had to have my leg removed, I felt very upset, but because I didn’t have time to think about it, I just got on,” she says.

“I like to take care of myself and do my best to be healthy.

“I work in the healthcare industry and I never expected this to happen to me.

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She has now received a prosthesis and hopes to return to work in November.

She said she wanted people to learn from her experience.

“I think it’s really important for anyone who has persistent pain to go and get it checked out,” she said.

“If I had caught this earlier, I would probably be in a different position now. “

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