A grandmother rushed to the hospital with a suspected UTI lost all four limbs after being diagnoses with sepsis.
Kim Smith, 60, an ex-hairdresser from Milton Keynes, was on holiday in Spain with her family when she felt a severe pain in her left side.
She began to feel intense chills, and couldn't seem to get warm, despite running a fever. At 4am the following morning, Kim woke up confused and struggling for breath and went to the emergency room.
Suspecting a UTI turned kidney infection, Kim was taken to the hospital on November 29, 2017, and was diagnosed with severe sepsis and quickly induced into a coma.
For weeks, Kim remained in the Spanish hospital, before eventually being taken back to the UK.
Two weeks later, she was taken out of her coma but was told she would have to have all her limbs amputated.
Doctors don't know exactly what triggered the sepsis as it was too advanced by the time she attended hospital. However, they suspect it was a UTI.
Kim's symptoms included confusion, fever and chills, and pain and she was induced in a coma after being diagnosed with sepsis
She was taken out of her coma after a few weeks but was told she would have to have all her limbs amputated
The former hairdresser, from Milton Keynes, pictured before contracting sepsis in Spain
In hospital in Bedford, Kim underwent a quadruple amputation. She wasn't surprised after waking up and seeing her limbs blackened
Now, three years later, she has opened up about her experience, including her struggles to get home for treatment.
After going into a coma in Spain, her daughter spent hours on the phone with their travel insurance company, attempting to arrange transport for Kim to return to the UK - but the family were told to get on a commercial flight home.
After six weeks of trying, the family succeeded in arranging an air ambulance to take Kim back to Milton Keynes, where they were told that the next 48 hours would be critical.
The steady stream of antibiotics that Kim was being treated with worked, and two weeks after returning to the UK, she was taken out of her coma.
Waking up, Kim could see that her limbs had blackened and died, so when the doctors told her she would need both arms and both legs amputated, she wasn't surprised.
Despite being devastated that she could no longer style her own hair, the combination of Kim's strong will and the pain medication she was on kept her calm, and when the surgery was over, she was taken to a physical rehabilitation centre in Roehampton.
She received intense physical and emotional support during her twelve weeks in Roehampton. After her amputations, Kim couldn't sit up on her own, but hospital staff taught her how to move around and adjust to her prosthetic limbs.
Now accustomed to the change, Kim hasn't let sepsis stop her from living life to the fullest - she even tries extreme sports like skydiving and rock climbing with other amputees.
With constant love and support from her family and friends, Kim said she has beaten the often-deadly disease, and now uses her experience to spread awareness of sepsis - as it can often be overlooked.
'I had suspected that I had a urinary infection - I was having pain on my left side, around the kidney area, so I thought it might have spread to my kidneys,' said Kim.
Three years later, Kim has revealed how she has learnt to do her own hair and makeup again
Kim said she is very grateful to the rehab facility that provided physical and emotional support after her amputations
With constant love and support from her family and friends, Kim said she has beaten the often-deadly disease
'I don't remember much about when I got to the hospital. I was very confused at the time - they asked me some questions and apparently put me straight into an induced coma.
'They came out several hours later with my clothes and jewellery, and gave them to my husband and said, 'she won't be needing these - she could die.'
'I was given lots of different types of antibiotics, because they really didn't know what they were treating at the time.
'At the time, my daughter kept insisting with the travel insurance company that they bring me back. They kept saying that they couldn't see why I couldn't get on a commercial aeroplane and fly back.
'She lost it with them - told them I was wired up to life support machines and they needed to get me an air ambulance to get me home. Eventually, after six