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Stephanie S.

Survivor

I was admitted into the hospital in August of 2020 because I couldn’t breathe. My lungs were shutting down and I went into respiratory failure. It turns out that the cause of all of it was an abscess near my tail bone that had turned into gangrene and sepsis. (Sepsis and Bacterial Infections)

I was in a coma for seven days, intimated, and had to have three surgeries to remove the infection. Now, almost nine months later, my wound is still healing and I suffer from PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, nightmares, and memory loss. (Sepsis and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) As well as weakness in my muscles and still suffer from shortness of breath. My wound, when released from the hospital fifteen days afterwards, was approximately eight inches wide and five inches deep. This was not a one time infection that just went away once treated. I still have issues and struggle every day. I’m grateful for my care team. They saved my life, but this will be something that will take a long time to recover from.

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