(fashion) Jayne Carpenter, 51, lost both of her legs and an arm after a strange cough turned into sepsis
A nurse has revealed how she lost both of her legs and an arm after a chesty cough turned into sepsis.
Jayne Carpenter, 51, began coughing up phlegm in April 2016 and within a few days she was short of breath and struggling to walk.
But despite getting increasingly ill she didn't go to the doctors because she 'didn't want to make a fuss'.
When she finally visited her GP at 9am on the morning of May 1 she was advised to go to A&E but they had no idea she had the early stages of deadly sepsis.
By 11am, Mrs Carpenter, from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, was diagnosed with pneumonia and severe sepsis and rushed to intensive care.
By midnight, she slipped into a coma when her organs started to fail due to septic shock.
Her blood pressure had dropped to a dangerously low level because of the sepsis - a violent immune response to an infection.
She'd developed small blood clots in her blood vessels, which prevented blood flowing to her fingers, hands, arms and legs.
She spent the next nine weeks in a coma in hospital fighting for her life. Her husband Rob, 55, was told his wife would die unless she had a multiple amputations.
In total, she lost her left arm below the elbow, both of her legs and four of fingers on her right hand.
She spent nine weeks in a coma after being diagnosed with pneumonia and sepsis. Her husband Rob, 55, was told his wife would die unless she had a multiple amputations
The former nurse said she was depressed and considering suicide regularly following her amputations. She was confined to a wheelchair for months after her operations
When Mrs Carpenter went into septic shock, blood could not flow to her limbs, meaning they died and were forced to be amputated. Her left arm (left) had to be amputated and so did both legs (one shown, right)
Mrs Carpenter said: 'It's been completely devastating and life-changing. Getting sepsis is something you never predict will happen to you. It turned my world upside down.
'I haven't let it defeat me but I do get my dark moments. I'd had quite bad cough and was coughing up dark coloured phlegm.
'I was getting worse and I just thought it was a virus. The following day I woke up and felt short of breath and couldn't walk anywhere.
'I thought it was a cough, as a nurse I thought it was something fairly trivial so didn't want to make a fuss.'
Mrs Carpenter's life was turned upside down following her amputations as they robbed her of the ability to perform simple daily tasks.
Mrs Carpenter's life was turned upside down following her amputations as they robbed her of the ability to perform simple daily tasks. Here, she's pictured on holiday before being struck down by the disease
She revealed that, after the surgery, she didn't feel good enough for her husband and told him to leave her. But he replied, 'I married you not for your arms or legs but because I love you'
After bravely battling through last three years of recovery, she is now fundraising for a new set of artificial limbs and has vowed to walk again
The former nurse was plunged into depression and regularly considered suicide.
But after battling through the last