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Kim Smith

Survivor

On the 29th November 2018 I went to hospital feeling as though I was going to die, I was put into an induced coma and spent 9 weeks in the coma. Six of those weeks were in Spain. Then I was flown back to the UK to a hospital near where I live, I was woken after 3 weeks so 9 in total.

When I was woken and a bit more with it I realised I couldn’t move, my hands and legs had gone black and died. I was told they needed to be amputated.
I was moved to another hospital about 30 minutes away for the amputations. I was so confused. I was delirious. It took several weeks before I wasn’t delirious. It was so real seeing cats on my bed and all kinds of things. (Sepsis and Hallucinations)

I had a suspected UTI then I’d started getting pain in my side I thought it had gone to my kidney. (Sepsis and Urinary Tract Infections) I went to the doctor’s twice and the hospital but sadly the language barrier was hard, I only speak a little Spanish.

I woke at 4am and woke my husband to take me to hospital. After a few hours my husband was given my clothes and jewellery and told I was seriously ill and I might die!
My two daughters and my Mum flew out that evening and when they came to see me my daughter pulled back the sheet and gasped because my hands and legs were purple she knew what was going to happen.

On the 9th February 2021 it will be 3 years since I became a quadruple amputee. (Sepsis and Amputations)
Life is very different as a quad but I’m so happy I’m alive. I just spread awareness everywhere I go now.
I won an award recently for Milton Keynes inspirational woman!
Life gives us knocks but we get up and get on with life in 2019 I did a sky dive it was simply amazing I loved it. I realised life is short and can end in a split second.
Learn the symptoms of sepsis as it will save your life!
My symptoms were.
Cold hands and feet
Breathlessness
Confusion
Slurred speech

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