- Lucinda ‘Cindy’ Mullins, 41, appeared in new updates posted on GoFundMe
- Mother-of-two lost all four limbs after infection turned septic
- She has learned to eat and sit on her own after hours of physical therapy.
The Kentucky mother of two who lost all of her limbs after a kidney stone infection turned them septic has been photographed smiling alongside her family members.
Cindy Mullins’ life was turned upside down after suffering a quadruple amputation, but her injuries are healing and she is “feeling better,” her DJ husband announced.
Mullins, 41, sat in her wheelchair inside the Lincoln County High School gymnasium, dressed head to toe in spiritual clothing and sporting a big smile alongside her teenage son.
“Someone has been feeling better the last few days,” DJ wrote about his wife. ‘All those prayers are still being answered!’
An earlier photo from Feb. 22 showed her dozing in the car on the way to a doctor’s appointment in Lexington with an update: “Her arms are healing nicely.”
Lucinda ‘Cindy’ Mullins, 41, appeared in photographs with her son and husband while recovering from a quadruple amputation.
The Kentucky woman was said to be “feeling better” as she smiled alongside her family members.
Mullins lost his legs and arms when an infected kidney stone caused sepsis and doctors were forced to amputate his limbs to save his life.
Mullins lost both legs and arms when she was hospitalized last month. She originally began receiving treatment for kidney stones, which are hard balls of salt and minerals that form inside the body.
The doctor left a temporary stent in his body after surgery to prevent blockage. When she removed the stent at home as instructed, the mother of two began to feel unwell and she fainted.
She was rushed to a local hospital, where doctors discovered that an unremoved kidney stone had become infected.
Mullins was told he had suffered septic shock and his organs were beginning to fail. She was stabilized and put on a ventilator before being taken to a larger hospital in Lexington.
Over the next few days, as organ function began to improve, blisters broke out on his extremities. When he regained consciousness, doctors told Mullins that he would survive the infection, at the expense of his hands and legs.
He underwent a series of amputations that ended with the removal of his forearms in February.
“I just want people to know that this is not a sad story,” Mullins told DailyMail.com earlier this month. ‘This has a happy ending. I am alive. I can be with my children and my husband.’
After hours of grueling physical therapy sessions, Mullins regained her ability to feed herself using a specially adapted fork strapped to her arm.
She also learned to sit on her own and scroll through her phone with her nose.
“I just want people to know that this is not a sad story,” Mullins told DailyMail.com. This has a happy ending. I am alive. I can be with my children and my husband’
The 41-year-old has learned to sit upright and eat with a special fork after hours of grueling physical therapy.
A GoFundMe campaign has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover fees associated with prosthetics and home adjustments.
Mullins is determined to return to her job as a certified medical assistant as soon as she recovers.
There are changes that the whole family must get used to. Every morning, DJ must bandage and dress his wife’s wounds to keep them clean and airtight.
But the 41-year-old said she is hopeful and determined to return to her job as a certified medical assistant at Bates, Miller & Sims, a local family practice.
The GoFundMe Campaign It was organized by a close friend, Heather Beshears, and has become a diary documenting Mullins’ recovery.
“Cindy and her family will have to make some adjustments to their home to accommodate Cindy’s needs, as well as her prosthetics and adaptive equipment,” Beshears wrote on the page.
‘The costs of all this can be overwhelming. We started this fundraiser because we want to support our hero Cindy, as well as her DJ husband, who has been by her side every step of the way.’
The campaign has raised more than $300,000 so far.