Special constable amputee told he ‘didn’t qualify’ for a disabled Blue Badge shares sarcastic letter his ‘legend’ GP sent to parking officials, saying: ‘His situation won’t change unless we can RE-GROW a new leg’
A special constable who lost a lower limb in a road accident has praised a sarcastic note his GP wrote to parking officials who claimed he didn’t qualify for a Blue Badge.
Ben Perry, who works as a traffic signal technician and special constable in Worcestershire, branded his doctor a ‘legend’ after the healthcare professional offered a very curt response to authorities.
Sharing a section of the letter written by his GP, Perry, who has a prosthetic right leg, revealed his doctor had written a note suggesting that his patient’s situation was unlikely to change ‘unless medical science allows us to re-grow a new leg for him.’
Amputee Ben Perry, from Worcestershire, shared a letter his doctor had written to parking authorities who had requested more proof of his disability; the special constable lost his right leg in an RTA
Short shrift: The letter Perry’s GP sent to parking officials who had requested ‘more proof’ of Perry’s disability in order for him to gain access to a Blue Badge
Government-issued Blue Badges enable people with disabilities to access parking places closer to facilities, shops and public buildings.
Perry, who drives an Audi, had told his 11,700 followers on Twitter how his disability had been questioned, saying: ‘I’ve recently tried to renew my blue badge but was told I didn’t qualify for one and to supply more evidence of my disability.
He continued: ‘After an appointment with my doctor, he composed a letter for me… Please can we show some appreciation for this legend.’
The letter expressed surprise that officials were questioning Mr Perry was disabled, saying: ‘I was most surprised to be asked for a statement of fact regarding Ben’s disability.
‘I can assure you that he has indeed had a traumatic amputation of his right lower leg in a road traffic accident.’
In his riposte, his GP said his patient’s situation was unlikely to change ‘unless medical science allows us to re-grow a new leg for him.’
The traffic signal technician, who wears a prosthetic leg, revealed how he was asked ‘to supply more evidence of my disability’
The doctor then outlined how Perry is ‘severely debilitated’ by the amputation and suffers from chronic phantom limb syndrome – sensations, often painful, that appear to come from the amputated limb.
He ended his riposte with the lines: ‘I would be grateful if you could take this into account when dealing with his requests for blue badges in the future.
‘It is of course unlikely that this situation will change unless medical science allows us to re-grow a new leg for him.’
Many supported Perry, saying it was a ‘disgrace’ he’d been asked to prove his disability.
@roselc04 wrote: ‘It’s disgraceful that anyone with any disabilities has to prove they are needing a blue badge.’
However, others pointed out that parking officials were ‘doing their job’ and said the system would be ‘abused’ if checks weren’t thorough.
What is phantom limb syndrome?
According to the NHS, many people who have an amputation experience some degree of stump pain or ‘phantom limb’ pain.
The health service says: ‘Stump pain can have many different causes, including rubbing or sores where the stump touches a prosthetic limb, nerve damage during surgery and the development of neuromas.
‘Phantom limb sensations are sensations that seem to be coming from the amputated limb. Occasionally, these can be painful (phantom limb pain).
‘The term “phantom” does not mean the sensations are imaginary. Phantom limb pain is a real phenomenon, which has been confirmed using brain imaging scans to study how nerve signals are transmitted to the brain.
‘The symptoms of phantom limb pain can range from mild to severe. Some people have described brief “flashes” of mild pain, similar to an electric shock, that last for a few seconds. Others have described constant severe pain.’
SOURCE: NHS WEBSITE