Mum collapses with backache on Christmas and wakes up needing 4 limbs amputated

A mum-of-two was left fighting for her life after she collapsed with a sudden backache on Christmas Day and woke up needing four limbs amputated in the new year.

Sadie Kemp, 34, was put on life support for two weeks after her festivities were put to a halt when she became ill hours after building her son's play kitchen.

The mum, from Peterborough, said her pain had become increasingly worse before she collapsed in agonising pain.

She came round in 2022 and was told by medics that she had gone into septic shock from a kidney stone, which caused the skin on her arms and legs to become necrotic.

The 34-year-old has since been dubbed a medical miracle after doctors said she shouldn’t be alive due to the alarming amount of poison she had in her blood, reports The Mirror.

Speaking about the ordeal, the mum said: “I was eating my Christmas dinner at 2.30pm with my family and having a laugh and by 5pm I was fighting for my life.

“I thought my back was hurting from bending over and putting all the screws in but then my back pain got worse.

“I said I was going to go for a bath but half an hour later I was screaming in pain on the floor saying I felt like someone was squeezing my kidney.”

Sadie was rushed to A&E where they gave her pain relief and advised her to come back if the pain got any worse, but by the early hours of Boxing Day she was back and collapsed in front of doctors.

She continued: “I woke up from a two-week stint on life support.

“At first they told me they were going to take all four limbs but as the days went on the skin started to heal.”

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Sepsis is a life-threatening condition whereby tissue and organs begin to die or become necrotic as the body tries to respond to another infection affecting the immune system.

Despite the amazing news that the sepsis had started to retreat, Sadie’s hands were already too damaged to save and doctors at Peterborough City Hospital have decided to amputate all 10 fingers.

Her hands will now be sewn inside her stomach to keep the remaining tissue alive while surgeons make a similar decision about whether to amputate her feet or both her legs from below the knee.

Sadie – who was working as a Covid track and trace officer for the government driving all over the UK – has had to pack in her job as her life-changing injuries mean she can no longer drive.

And after going through a £10k divorce, she has been living in a home provided by a charity with her two sons, Kenzie, 16, and Hendrix, two.

She said: “It has left me without a job and a house.

“I’m not earning money for my kids. They haven’t got a roof over their heads and that makes me feel terrible. I just want to be there for them and give them some security."

Despite the uphill battle the determined mum insists she will do "everything in her power" to get through her recovery for her two boys and new partner, Lewis, who has stayed by her side through it all.

“I’ve realised I have been given a second chance at life," she said.

“I wouldn’t be here without the amazing support of the doctors and my friends and family so now I am determined to get through it for them.”

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