Hi my name is Samantha, in April 2013 I gave birth to our beautiful daughter Megan Rose. Her older sister Olivia Grace was so excited to meet her and came to the hospital to say hello. We arrived home later that day, to all our family. After a tiring couple of days I went straight to bed for a sleep until feeding time. Over the next six days my health rapidly deteriorated, I found it difficult to move around, even turning over was a struggle and to get out of the bed took about an hour as I had no energy at all. After seeing numerous medical professionals, all of whom did not recognise my symptoms, it wasn’t until day six that I was rushed into hospital after which I don’t remember anymore.
I was in a sleep induced coma for 11 days and had numerous operations, luckily within the golden hour I was given the correct drugs which helped to save my life. My family were told the night I went into hospital that my chances of survival were slim as many of my vital organs had shut down. When I think about this I feel so much for my family and my gorgeous little girls especially our four year old (3 at the time) as her world had been turned upside down.
When I was woken up 11 days later I had no strength whatsoever, so couldn’t move any part of my body and wasn’t able to eat or drink. When I was ready, I had to be retrained how to drink, very slowly and had physio to help me move again. The nurses were all amazing with me and my family and made such a horrible event much easier.
I was so very lucky as I came very close to losing my arms and legs, the machines they used worked very well for me.
I was eventually transferred to another hospital to undergo five skin graft operations on my leg as it had gone necrotic and I still may require further operations, I suffered a heart condition that is beginning to resolve due to the medication, as my heart rate was so high for a long period.
The last year has been the worst in my life and I still have horrible memories throughout the day but looking at my beautiful family gets me through it. My family and friends have been amazing and I love them all so very much.
I would love to spread the awareness and I am organising an event to raise money, my story was very close to being so very different and I want to help other people in catching and fighting sepsis earlier.