Missouri Doctor Loses License for Amputating Patient’s Gangrenous Toe on Dirty Back Porch

John Ure had been practicing in Deepwater, located about halfway between Springfield and Kansas City. Documents filed by the board said Ure performed the amputation in May 2016 on the porch of his office, which doubled as a machine shed and lacked running water and restrooms.

Reached Wednesday, the 73-year-old Ure called the board’s action “a travesty of justice,” and said state officials seemed intent of stripping him of his medical practice. He explained that the amputation he performed was done to help a friend who was fearful of hospitals and had refused to go to one to have the gangrenous toe treated, putting his life in danger.

“This toe amputation … everything was absolutely perfectly sterile, out in the bright sunshine and fresh air,” he said.

The patient’s medical records suggest that no antibiotics were provided before or after the procedure, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

“Records fail to show whether the surrounding bone remaining after the resection of the digit was properly cut away and smoothed out.” 

Ure told the board that there was a “lapse in judgment” and the operation was “not done optimally.”

Dr. Ure may apply for reinstatement of his license in two years.

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