A BLACK woman facing the amputation of her lower leg was promised yesterday that it would be replaced with an artificial limb of the appropriate colour after being told earlier that only white ones were available.
Ingrid Nicholls, 46, was shocked and upset when doctors told her that artificial limbs in the NHS came in only one colour - pink - and if she wanted one to match her own complexion she would have to pay pounds 3,000.
Ms Nicholls, from Reading, said: "It doesn't make sense. We have black cabinet ministers, judges and doctors - but apparently only false limbs for white people. It is so unjust."
Ms Nicholls had had problems with her left leg since developing an infection in her hip shortly after birth. She had two hip replacements, but after a recent bone-fusing operation failed doctors told her she might have to have her leg amputated below the knee.
She was referred from the Royal Berkshire Hospital to the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital in Oxford, where she saw a specialist in prosthetic limbs, James Morrison.
Mr Morrison later wrote to her consultant in Reading: "Ms Nicholls was understandably concerned about the prosthesis and in particular the skin colour match. …