My name is Eureka Bostic and I’m 22 years old. My story started two days after I had my son. (Sepsis and Pregnancy & Childbirth) I was complaining about my stomach but the doctors didn’t think anything of it and gave me pain killers. My blood pressure and heart beat were normal, but on Sep. 4, 2011, my body started to shut down. Suddenly the doctors decided to take me to the ICU.
Once I was hooked up to the machines, the doctor came out and told my family that I wasn’t going to make it throughout the night and that day my family prayed and prayed asking God to let me live. All thanks be to God that I lived to see the next day. On Sep. 5th, 2011, the doctors decided to do an exploratory surgery to find out exactly what was going on inside of my body. They found out that I had sepsis and it spread throughout most of my body including my entire reproductive system, my lungs, and blood stream. I ended up having to have a full hysterectomy.
During this time the doctors told my family to get to the hospital because they thought that I wasn’t going to make through that night, but once again, all thanks be to God, I made it through. On Sep. 6th, 2011, I had to undergo another surgery because my breathing started to slow down. The doctors did a tracheostomy in order for my to get air in through that. During that procedure, the doctors took a blood test and found out that I also had carbon monoxide poisoning and I had to be put on the Ecmo machine. I also had to have right and left chest tubes, and a feeding tube put in. Once the doctors got the tracheostomy done, I had to be put into medically induced coma for one month.
Around October 13, 2011, I woke up and started moving around and ended up moving my ecmo machine and it went into the wrong position and I had to go into another surgery so they could fix that. Then once that was done it was like nothing could any worse, but it did…My right lung was about to collapse because I had pneumonia also. But thank God, he touched the doctors’ hands and minds and they were able to give me antibiotics to get that taken care of.
Once the doctors woke me up, I didn’t know my daughter’s name or birthday and I had forgotten I had even given birth to my son. I had to get physical and speech therapy. Once I had gotten out the hospital on Nov. 19, 2011, I had to go right back in Nov. 20, 2011, because I got very sick. While I was in the hospital the second time, I had gotten my tracheotosmy taken out and learned how to walk all over again. I even got my speech together and was able to eat real food. After all this happened, on Dec. 1st, 2011 I had my first grand mal seizure due to the lack of oxygen I had to my brain when I went into cardiac arrest during my surgeries. Yet with me having the epilepsy, thyroid problems, and not being able to have children anymore, I want to thank God for keeping me on this earth and protecting my children and my husband while I was in the hospital. I also want to thank all of the people that prayed for me during this time. I truly hope my story help out someone because not everyone die from sepsis and I’m living proof. It takes prayer and faith to endure the things that my family did while I was under.