Coronavirus nurse has leg amputated due to golfball-sized tumour after she put pain down to long hours on frontline

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A NURSE had her leg amputated after putting the pain of a golfball-sized tumour down to cramps.

Sette Buenaventura, 26, was working 12-hour shifts on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic when she noticed a throbbing in her right calf in April.

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Sette Buenaventura, 26, had her leg amputated in May[/caption]

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Sette in hospital when the amputation took place[/caption]

The nurse, who is also a part-time model, suffered with bad cramps for eight weeks, but assumed she was just experiencing the side effects of being on her feet helping Covid-19 patients all day long.

She disregarded the pain until she struggled to walk – which is when tests revealed a sarcoma.

Sette, from Eccles, Greater Manchester, said: “I was so upset, I like to look after myself and try to be healthy, I work in healthcare and never expected this to happen.

“I can’t look in the mirror now and don’t want to as it’s too much to acknowledge that what I’m seeing in the mirror is the new me.

“They told me the only way they could save my life was to remove my leg.

 

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“I was diagnosed in April and my leg was gone by May.

“There was just no time to worry about it, I just had to take in what they were saying.”

The nurse added: “When Covid-19 kicked off we worked flat out, we didn’t have time to worry about aches and pains.

“That is what working in hospitals is like, you forget your own pains because you’re busy helping other people.

“I work in the stroke ward and usually get muscle cramp in my legs because I’m always on my feet.

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Sette’s leg before it was amputated[/caption]

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Sette, far right, working in hospital on a COVID ward[/caption]

“I had the cramp eight weeks and it wasn’t getting better, so I had a scan and was referred to an MRI, where they diagnosed the cancer.”

Doctors initially thought they could remove the tumour with surgery, but Sette was devastated when they told her having an amputation was the only way to survive.

Sette lost her leg in May – four weeks after being diagnosed with the sarcoma – and is now cancer-free.

After beating cancer, Sette will be returning to work in November, providing her rehabilitation goes smoothly.


However, she now wants to spread awareness to help others and encourage them to get checked if they experience pain.

She said: “It’s important for anyone with a lingering pain to get it checked. If I had caught this sooner, I would probably be in a different position now.

“Although I won’t let this get in the way of my life goals, I feel now it has happened I should at least try to help stop it occurring in other people.”

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Sette practices walking after her amputation[/caption]

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