On the 17th August 2013 I went into labour with my second child and he was born naturally 2 hours later at 11:48 pm without any complications. The next morning I explained to a midwife that my legs were really painful and I could barely walk, but she brushed it off saying that my body was in shock due to a quick labour. I was discharged home later that day and began to feel horrendous. I had such a bad headache, I could barely move my head for 2 days. I rang the doctors, and every time they brushed it off, until finally, a midwife who came to my house sent me back to the hospital. The first I knew of it being so serious was when over 20 doctors and nurses appeared at my bedside I was taken to intensive care and put in to a medically induced coma. I spent 7 weeks this way due to multiple organ failure, I had blood and platelet transfusions, operations on my lungs even a tracheostomy to help me breathe – as the sepsis had shut down everything in my body.
When I came round 7 weeks later I couldn’t get my head round what had happened and spent a further 7 weeks in hospital as my muscles had wasted away I was too weak to even sit up and had to learn to walk again and be weaned off the ventilator.
I’m very lucky that the only permanent damage is scarring to my lungs as the sepsis came from a chest infection I had at the time of giving birth – nothing to do with the birth. It was a horrendous experience but two years on, myself and my family have finally come out the other side
I want to share my story as at 23 I thought I was invincible, I had never heard of sepsis but it totally destroyed our lives for a long time, and I would like to help raise awareness. My recovery is going as well as can be expected, but for the first 18 months I had several panic attacks a day and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Now, 22 months later I have finally forced myself to go back to work and get back to normality.