A grandmother who was rushed to hospital with a suspected UTI has lost all four of her limbs after being tragically diagnosed with sepsis.
Kim Smith, 60 years old, suddenly felt excruciating pains in her left side while on a family vacation in Spain.
Although she was a Milton Keynes ex-hairdresser, Kim Smith felt extreme chills and couldn’t get warm.
Kim was confused and struggling to breathe when she awoke at 4am the next morning. She was then rushed to the emergency department.
The doctors suspected she had suffered from a UTI, which then developed into a kidney infection.
She was taken to hospital on November 29, 2017, and was quickly put into an induced coma after being diagnosed with severe sepsis.
Kim was in Spain for several weeks before she was transferred back to the UK.
Kim was brought home from Spain two weeks later. She was told that her limbs would be lost.
Because the sepsis was so advanced by the time Kim was admitted to the hospital, the doctors couldn’t pinpoint the cause.
When Kim woke from her coma, she saw that her limbs had become blackened and died.
Kim, 60, said that she was surprised when doctors told her that all four limbs of her body would need to be amputated immediately.
Kim couldn’t move, comb or eat independently after her life-changing surgery. However, she determined not to let this tragedy define her life.
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The 60-year old received a lot of emotional and physical support during her 12 week stay at Roehampton. This helped her adjust to her life-altering illness.
Despite her prosthetics, the amazing grandmother continues to live life to its fullest.
She even participates in extreme sports like skydiving with other amputees.
Speaking to MailOnline, Kim said: “I still live a good life. I’ve just been down to Devon to do an activity weekend with other amputees. I’ve done rock climbing, zip wires, canoeing and archery. I’ve even done a skydive.
“I think that maybe my life is even better now. This doesn’t prevent me from doing other things. I’ve done more than that.”
She added: “It has made me realize that life is precious and I must live it fully. I enjoy every day.'”