Miguel Casteleiro

Survivor

Hello, I’m 43 and I’m from Portugal. I was and I am a very active person. I was never sick till that day… It all begun with flu symptoms. I had a high fever. Went to a G. P, she prescribed me Tylenol and Paracetamol and sent me home. She told me to take the medication for four days. After day 1, my temperature settled. It went from 40 to 36.5 degrees, which was my normal body temperature. Fifteen minutes later it started to drop and drop (my body was going into shock). (Sepsis and Influenza)

My wife arrived from work and called an ambulance. I started having seizures. Pulse was weak and not detectable. Got into the E.R. and I was rushed by the ambulance crew. Doctors told my wife that it would be difficult for me to pull through, they informed her I was in septic shock, and told her to say good bye to me. They induced me into a coma.

For two weeks I was ventilated. Had two cardiac arrests, kidneys shut down so I was doing dialysis. Liver stopped working. After two weeks they tried to wake me up. I was confused, didn’t know where I was, didn’t recognize anyone due to lack of oxygen that my brain suffered. After a month I started to get my memory back, internal organs started to work by themselves. Afterwards, doctors told me that I need to have both legs amputated below the knee. Had it done. (Sepsis and Amputations) I was two and a half months in the hospital, got out of there with part of legs missing but I didn’t care! I got out alive. Five months to today passed, and I’m going to have my prosthetic legs..I’m going to learn how to walk again. I’M A SURVIVOR.
P.s-Sorry for my English.