More surgery awaits man who suffered broken leg at police station
AN anxious few days lie ahead for a man who suffered a broken leg while at Bearlands Police Station in Gloucester.
John Ford, 38, is due to have a potentially life-changing operation on his injuries on Monday.
But further complications could arise as he has developed several blood clots on his lungs.
Mr Ford was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and failing to comply with directions to leave an area outside of the Wetherspoon's-owned Regal pub in St Aldate Street.
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Doctors operated on his leg unsuccessfully last month and will try again to save his leg on Monday. A second failed operation could result in an amputation.
Mr Ford, from Cooper's Edge, is worried about his future. "I'm in a lot of pain," he said. "I've been told the blood clots have spread up from my leg and onto my lungs. It is a worry, I'm not looking forward to going into hospital next week, but it needs to be done."
He had tried to get back into the pub and admits he was verbally abusive. A police van arrived and Mr Ford was handcuffed and driven away to Bearlands Police Station, in Gloucester.
He claimed he heard his leg crack while he was being restrained in a cell following angry verbal exchanges.
An ambulance took him to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where he spent the next 10 days. Doctors confirmed he had broken his tibula, fibula and ankle.
A report was made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission about the incident and they referred it back to the force's own professional standards unit to investigate.
Police said Mr Ford was due to appear in court once he has recovered from his injuries.