Doctor Reminds Officials Legs Can't Regrow After Patient Denied Disability Permit

A doctor has become a social media hero after writing a hilarious letter to a local authority after his patient's application for a disabled parking badge was rejected.

Ben Perry, a special constable for the U.K. police, lost his lower right leg in 2018 after he was hit by a car, according to the BBC.

In the U.K., people with disabilities can qualify for what is known as a Blue Badge, which allows them to park their vehicles closer to their destination for ease of access.

The U.K. government states that people may be eligible for one of the badges for a variety of reasons including if they have difficulties walking. Local councils then decide whether or not someone is eligible for one of the badges based on evidence provided.

However, when Perry applied to his local council to have his Blue Badge renewed, he was told he would have to supply more evidence of his disability in order to qualify, according to a series of tweets he posted on September 1.

Perry then approached his doctor to discuss the issue, who decided to compose a letter to the council insisting that his patient's leg had not grown back.

According to an excerpt of the letter shared to Twitter by Perry, the doctor wrote: "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.

"It is of course unlikely that this situation will change unless medical science allows us to re-grow a new leg for him."

The doctor added that Perry's injury has left him with "chronic phantom limb syndrome," a condition in which someone experiences sensations, including pain, in a limb that no longer exists. It is common amongst amputees.

Commenting on the letter, Perry wrote: "Please can we show some appreciation for this legend?"

The tweet has proved hugely popular and had attracted more than 125,000 likes as of Friday morning, along with more than 10,000 retweets and hundreds of comments.

In a follow-up tweet, Perry confirmed that the council had conceded to the letter and granted his Blue Badge application.

Councillor Adam Kent from Worcestershire County Council told the BBC in a statement that the council "follows a set of processes" regarding Blue Badge applications, and added: "Where necessary, we request further information as set out by current, national guidelines."

Perry later added that he did not expect the tweet to "take off like it did" and said he had received "phenomenal" support.

Disabled parking sign
A stock image shows a sign indicating priority parking for people with disabilities. In the U.K., Blue Badge permits allow people to park closely to places. WoodysPhotos/Getty