Mother has all limbs cut off af­ter pa­per cut leads to sep­sis

The Herald - - NEWS - KIRSTY STE­WART

A GRAND­MOTHER is wait­ing to have all four limbs am­pu­tated af­ter fall­ing vic­tim to sep­sis – from a pa­per cut.

The fam­ily of Mar­guerite Hen­der­son were told to pre­pare for her death while the 54-year-old lay in an in­duced coma for seven days.

Ms Hen­der­son. from Crosshill, near Lochgelly, Fife, pulled through but doc­tors have no choice but to am­pu­tate all four limbs as a re­sult of the hor­rific in­fec­tion.

Now Ms Hen­der­son’s fam­ily have launched a fundrais­ing cam­paign to raise £80,000 to give the for­mer Fife Coun­cil sup­port worker a bionic hand, pros­thetic legs and an elec­tric wheel­chair.

Ms Hen­der­son’s el­dest daugh­ter Kim Don­nachie, said: “She no­ticed on the Sun­day that she had a tiny cut on her in­dex fin­ger on her right hand.

“It was that minis­cule, she doesn’t even re­mem­ber how she got it. It was just a pa­per cut.

“By the next day it looked in­fected so she went to the phar­ma­cist to see if they had any­thing for it and they told her to get it checked by the doc­tor so she got an ap­point­ment for the next day.”

But the next day Ms Hen­der­son felt too ill to make the ap­point­ment and the day af­ter that the bad weather struck the UK.

Ms Don­nachie said: “By lunchtime she was so un­well, she couldn’t walk, her lips were blue and she was turn­ing grey so we rushed her into hospi­tal.

Ms Hen­der­son and her two chil­dren Kim, 27, and Emma, 18, were told by doc­tors at Vic­to­ria Hospi­tal, Kirk­caldy, that she had con­tracted sep­sis.

The next day the for­mer nurs­ery worker was rushed into in­ten­sive care when her or­gans be­gan to fail, re­sult­ing in her be­ing put on dial­y­sis.

Her fam­ily were ini­tially told she would be put in a coma for a cou­ple of days and she would wake up bet­ter.

But as soon a she was put un­der, the fam­ily were taken into a room and told to pre­pare for the worst.

“As soon as she was put to sleep they told us she could die. We’ve found out now that nurses were told at the time she was go­ing to, and it was just a mat­ter of time, but she’s been a fighter”, Ms Don­nachie said.

Ms Hen­der­son was kept in the coma for seven days.

Ms Don­nachie said: “On the 19th we were made to sit down and told it’s def­i­nite she would be hav­ing to get all her limbs am­pu­tated. The am­pu­ta­tion of her arms is sched­uled for Tues­day and her legs will be a cou­ple of weeks later.

“They’re all black and ban­daged up.”

She set up a crowd­fund­ing page to raise £80,000 to help give her mother the most com­fort­able life pos­si­ble.

At the mo­ment, the NHS can pro­vide ba­sic pros­thet­ics but told the fam­ily it is highly un­likely they could get fur­ther fund­ing for bet­ter limbs.

“She used to drive and would al­ways be on the go. She was so dev­as­tated about it all but now she is say­ing she knows she’s lucky to be alive. She wants to make the most of her life and en­joy be­ing a grand­mother,” said Ms Don­nachie.

Sep­sis is the pri­mary cause of death from in­fec­tion around the world and claims about 40,000 lives in the UK each year.

The con­di­tion is trig­gered by an in­fec­tion. Com­mon signs and symp­toms in­clude fever, in­creased heart rate, in­creased breath­ing rate, and con­fu­sion.

To do­nate see https://www.just­giv­ing. com/crowd­fund­ing/kim-don­nachie

„ Mar­guerite Hen­der­son lay in an in­duced coma for seven days af­ter con­tract­ing sep­sis from a tiny cut.

„ Mar­guerite with her daugh­ters Emma and Kim and, right, with her six-year-old grand­daugh­ter Erin.

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