My grandad is suffering from diabetes and a stroke, and he is 80 and has been in hospital bed for 20 years. My concern now is recently starting from this year his toes wounds just would not heal, and eventually he has been diagonised with a diabetic foot, and now his toes became completely red and black in color and has spread to the lower surface of his foot. The doctors said amputation is the option however they do not recommend it as of medical co morbidity, and were afraid he might pass away while being on anesthesia. My genuine concern is how do we actually treat a patient whose toes and foot is slowly rotting away and cannot undergo surgery? I am very worried and extremely sad and I do not have anywhere else to ask, as I am abroad and not with my grandad at the moment. I just had to seek help and what would be the consequences and outcome if we leave him like that without surgery. I really would appreciate anyone in this forum who had this similar experience or is experiencing a similar experience where amputation is required but is not an option because of age, which is caused from diabetes and other health related problems.