A mum has said she feels like she’s been “given a second chance at life” after a battle with sepsis which saw her on life support for two weeks and having all her fingers amputated.
Sadie Kemp, 34, was enjoying a festive dinner on Christmas Day with her family when she collapsed in agony.
When she went to hospital it was found she had a kidney stone, however by Boxing Day she had gone into septic shock
Sadie, who had been working for the NHS, was placed into an induced coma in hospital and when she woke - in the new year - found her hands and feet had turned black due to septic shock from the kidney stone.
A fundraiser set up to help support her has raised thousands of pounds.
What happened to Sadie?
Doctors warned they may have to amputate all four limbs to stop the sepsis from spreading but Sadie’s body fought back at the infection.
This week, the mum-of-two from Peterborough, had all her fingers amputated as they had become too septic to be saved.
Experts are still deciding whether Sadie, who worked for NHS Test and Trace, will need to have her legs amputated.
Sadie told the Mirror : “I was eating my Christmas dinner at 2.30pm with my family and having a laugh and by 5pm I was fighting for my life.
“I had decided to build a play kitchen I had bought for my youngest son.
“I thought my back was hurting from bending over and putting all the screws in but then my back pain got worse.
“I said I was going to go for a bath but half an hour later I was screaming in pain on the floor saying I felt like someone was squeezing my kidney.”
She continued: “I woke up from a two-week stint on life support.
“They had been pumping me full of medicines to keep my organs alive but the limbs furthest away had suffered.
“There was no blood supply to my arms and legs and the tissue had started to die.
“At first they told me they were going to take all four limbs but as the days went on the skin started to heal.”
How much has been raised to help her?
Sadie’s pals are fundraising to support her bills and nursery fees for her youngest son while she recovers as she is unable to work due to her injuries.
The Go Fund Me page states: “Sadly these life changing injuries will mean she will need extra care and help and prosthetics.
“She was working for the NHS test and trace before this happened and sadly can no longer work due to recovery in hospital and her life changing needs.”
There are also plans to fund bionic digits for Sadie so that she can regain control of her hands.
The fundraiser has raised more than £14,000 of a £20,000 target so far and can be found here.
Sadie realises how lucky she is to be alive, and told the Mirror: “I’ve realised I have been given a second chance at life.
“The doctors have told me they are so confused that I’m still here, I shouldn’t be alive given the amount of poison I had in my blood.
“I wouldn’t be here without the amazing support of the doctors and my friends and family so now I am determined to get through it for them.”
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