Lucie Kline can finally walk again after having her legs amputated following a battle with sepsis. She's pictured with son Curtis, one, husband Lane, 25, and daughter Nalla, three
A mother-of-two who had her legs amputated after suffering from sepsis has relearned to walk at the same time as her toddler son takes his first steps.
Lucie Kline, from Derby in Kansas, was struck down by the deadly illness – the body's life-threatening response to an infection – following a hysterectomy in November 2018.
The surgery to remove the womb can sometimes lead to internal infections, which are normally easily treatable with antibiotics. But the 24-year-old's body overreacted to the infection and began attacking its own organs and tissues.
Mrs Kline was discharged the day after the procedure but hours after getting home she had a high fever and was gasping for breath. She returned to hospital but slipped into a coma which she did not come out of for two weeks.
When Mrs Kline finally came around, she was horrified to discover her hands and feet had turned completely black and was told she would need several amputations.
Sepsis patients sometimes develop blood clots which prevent blood from flowing to their fingers, hands, arms, feet, toes and legs. When not enough blood can reach the limbs, the flesh begins to die, turn black and rot.
After 25 gruelling surgeries and skin grafts, Mrs Kline – who feared she would die and never see her 18-month-old son Curtis walk – is now finally on the road to getting her independence back.
She is 'overwhelmed with joy' to be learning to walk again at the same time as her son, who she barely got to spend time with during her recovery.
The mother-of-two was struck down by the deadly blood poisoning following a hysterectomy in November 2018
Her feet (left) and finger tips (right) turned completely black after she spent two weeks in a coma when blood struggled to circulate to her limbs
But after more than a year of gruelling surgeries and rehab, the mother can play with her children again
Mrs Kline, also mother to daughter Nalla, three, said: 'When I got my prosthetic legs we [me and Curtis] were both learning to walk at the same time.
'At first I had to walk with a walker and looked like a 90-year-old woman, but it worked, because eventually I was walking without any assistance.
'Curtis is walking everywhere now. He's running. And he learned to walk at the same time as me – we learnt together.
'At one point [when I was poorly], I thought I was going to die. I thought I'd never see [Curtis take his first steps].
'We didn't really walk hand in hand together until I was comfortable enough walking by myself and knowing I wouldn't fall.'
She added: 'When I took my first steps, it was incredible - I felt like I'd be stuck with a walker forever and then when I didn't need it, I finally felt independent again.
'I can now chase him around the house, hold him while I'm walking and do everything normal mums do. I was overwhelmed with joy.'
After the birth of Curtis, Mrs Kline and her husband Lane, 25, decided they had completed their dream family.
The heartbreaking moment Mrs Kline burst into tears during a visit from her family in hospital
Mrs Kline (pictured left in a coma in 2018 and right, learning to walk with her prosthetics) said she felt 'lucky' just to be alive
Sepsis occurs when the body reacts to an infection by attacking