A woman has had to have her hands and feet amputated after catching Covid-19.
The 32-year-old woman has now been fitted with a prosthetic leg after complications from the virus caused blood clots in her arms and legs.
A doctor, who shared the images of Autumn Nugent, said the mum-of-three pleaded with him to share her story in a bid to encourage others to get the jab.
‘Her physical resilience and mental fortitude are my inspiration’
In a video posted on Twitter, Dr Wesley Ely, from Nashville, US, captioned it with: “Covid took her hands and feet.
“I cried when she sent me this yesterday: Her physical resilience and mental fortitude are my inspiration.”
In a previous series of tweets, Dr Ely detailed Ms Nugent’s journey with Covid-19.
He wrote: “Covid-19 is a disease of blood vessels that can affect your lungs, heart, brain, or any organ. Blood clotting sucks life from vital organs.
This patient asked to have her story shared so that others may learn and seek vaccination.”
The doctor explained that complications from the virus caused blood clots in Autumn’s arms and legs, resulting in wounds that resembled burns.
“It took nurses many hours each day to change her wounds,” Dr Ely added.
‘Her life is forever changed... this is the reality of what can happen’
Ms Nugent underwent physical therapy while taking more than 12 different medications on the daily in the weeks that follower her surgery.
“She was going to live, and we were all thrilled. Still, it was sad to think that this young woman would lose her hands and feet as they continued to dry up, lifeless and still,” he said.
Noting Ms Nugent’s resilience throughout her journey, he said in a separate post: “Here you can see her during rehabilitation just after she finished doing some amazing planks. Even with healing wounds, she was doing 2 minutes of planking – such is her physical and mental strength!”
The prosthetics were named with her sister’s and kids’ names on them to give her motivation during her recovery.
Issuing his own warning for people to get a Covid-19 vaccination, Dr Ely said: Her life is forever changed... this is the reality of what can happen to a very young and totally healthy person.
Very few drugs have such a great safety profile. Covid patients want to get vaccinated and many have asked you to reconsider... Do your part and share her story and its message of hope. Make her courage to share worth it!”
A fundraising page has been set up to support Autumn’s medical care.
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