A & # 39; fit and healthy & # 39; mother of two was forced to amputate her legs, right hand and left finger after developing sepsis.
Lydia Galbally, from Rayleigh, Essex, was told that she was suffering from asthma when she went to her doctor and complained about coughing and wheezing & # 39; for some time & # 39 ;.
The 41-year-old was finally taken to the hospital in September last year after becoming short of breath and feverish.
A series of tests showed that she suffered from sepsis, which is believed to have been caused by untreated tuberculosis (TB).
Mrs. Galbally spent the next two months & # 39; almost dead & # 39; by, including 11 days in a coma, as she fought multiple organ failure, a clot on her lungs, and two emergency drains.
Although she rode on, Mrs. Galbally, who is a mother of nine and eleven years old, later lost several parts of her body to gangrene.
Lydia Galbally left her legs, right hand and left finger amputated after becoming gangrenus due to sepsis. She is depicted during her seven-week stay in an isolation unit at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge with her nine- and eleven-year-old children, who had to wear masks every time they visited her. The tip of her nose also became gangrene but recovered
Mrs. Galbally (pictured with her husband Dan for the test) developed a septic shock of her sepsis, causing her blood pressure to drop so low that blood flow to parts of her body was interrupted. Her sepsis was caused by tuberculosis, which doctors dismissed as asthma
Speaking of his wife's ordeal, Dan Galbally said: & I am so grateful to say that she survived against all odds.
& # 39; My wife Lydia, a fit, happy and healthy 41-year-old, and mother of our two young children, became seriously ill with sepsis and an underlying tuberculosis infection.
& # 39; She spent 11 days in a coma about living close to death. & # 39;
Mrs. Galbally eventually became & # 39; referred by her doctor for an X-ray, CT scan and bronchoscopy, in which a tube with a camera is placed on the side of a patient's throat to view their airways.
Over the next three days, she & # 39; deteriorated & # 39 ;, causing Mr. Galbally, with whom she has been married for 24 years, to summon an ambulance.
Mrs. Galbally was eventually diagnosed with sepsis, which occurs when the body injures its own tissue in response to an infection. This then led to septic shock, which is defined as sepsis leading to dangerously low blood pressure.
Septic shock is thought to cut off the blood flow to Mrs. Galbally's limbs, appendages, and nose, making them gaity.
Mrs. Galbally was transferred to the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge because it was & # 39; one of the few hospitals with a life-saving machine called ECMO & # 39 ;. This uses an artificial lung to provide blood with oxygen and to pump it through the body.
After 11 days in a coma, Mrs. Galbally woke up and discovered that the tip of her nose (seen on the left) was & # 39; deceased & # 39; by gangrene. Shocking photos also reveal her completely black right hand (seen on the right). She chose to amputate her hand because of the risk that the wound would become infected; her nose recovered
Mrs. Galbally also chose to amputate the fingers of her left hand after they too became gangrenous (photo left). She also lost her legs after the tissue in her feet had died (seen on the right). Despite losing her limbs, she defeated the chances of surviving the ordeal
Mrs. Galbally was placed in an isolation room for seven weeks, where she spent more than a week and a half in a coma that she has no memory of.
When she awoke, she noticed that she had dry gangrene from the feet, hands and tip of her nose.
Dry gangrene occurs when blood flow to a part of the body is blocked, while wet is caused by a combination of an injury and bacterial infection, according to the NHS.
& # 39; At some point in the first week, most of her face had turned blue / black, but luckily this is reversed because the drug doses were reduced as she got stronger, & # 39; said Galbally.
& # 39; At one point, Lydia had 15 different drops and lines in and out of her body. & # 39;
During her hospital stay, Ms. Galbally also suffered kidney failure and lost more than 14 pounds (6.3 kg) in weight, as well as some of her hair.
The TB infection also meant that doctors had to continuously drain fluid from her lungs. Due to the damage, the organs will never reach their full capacity again. It is unclear how Mrs Galbally caught TB in the first place.
Mrs. Galbally fought multiple organ failure, a clot in her lungs and two emergency drains. After a stay of eight weeks in the hospital, Mrs. Galbally (pictured after the trial) was finally allowed to go home. She now needs physiotherapy and has to adjust her house and car
Mrs. Galbally, pictured with her family in happier times, has had her fifth and hopefully last operation. She started her two-month rehabilitation program this week to learn to walk again after her leg amputations made her dependent on a wheelchair
Doctors initially did not hold much hope for the recovery of Mrs. Galbally, but & # 39; contrary to all expectations, she began to restore & # 39 ;.
She finally got home in November, where she recovered for four months. Nurses would visit every day to change the dressing on her previously gang-like wounds.
By February, doctors were worried that the open wounds on her hands and feet would be contaminated.
Mrs Galbally therefore made the difficult decision to amputate both legs below the knee, as well as her right hand at the wrist and each finger and the tip of the thumb on her left hand. Her nose recovered but left scars.
The amputations were performed during five operations in February, March and April. On April 25, Ms. Galbally underwent her fifth and hopefully final procedure.
She started two months of rehabilitation therapy this week at Roehampton Hospital, London, where she hopes to learn to walk again.
Mrs. Galbally's husband and children are determined to bring her back to her & # 39; old self & # 39 ;, with her first goal allegedly to get the young people back to school while holding their hands.
& # 39; Despite the clearly devastating and traumatic events of the past seven months, I think it's important to be able to tell you that Lydia has been incredibly brave and extraordinarily strong, & # 39; said Mr. Galbally.
& # 39; She is and remains truly inspiring and although she does not believe it herself, she has shown what a truly remarkable person she is. & # 39;
Galbally is fundraising for his wife to have leg, arm and hand prostheses, as well as private physiotherapy, and to adapt their home and car to her needs.
They collected more than £ 72,000 from their £ 250,000 target in just three days. give here.
WHAT IS SEPSIS?
Sepsis occurs when the body responds to an infection by attacking its own organs and tissues.
In the UK, around 44,000 people die of sepsis every year. Someone from the disease dies every 3.5 seconds worldwide.
Sepsis has symptoms similar to flu, gastroenteritis and a breast infection.
- Svague speech or confusion
- Extreme chills or muscle pain
- Pdo not assess urine on a day
- Salways short of breath
- Iit feels like you're dying
- Schin stained or discolored
Symptoms in children are:
- Fast breathing
- Fits or convulses
- Spotted, bluish or pale skin
- Skin rash that does not fade when pressed
- Feeling abnormally cold
Among the five, repeated vomiting, no eating, or no peeing can occur for 12 hours.
Anyone can develop sepsis, but it is most common in people who have recently had surgery, have a urinary catheter, or have been in the hospital for a long time.
Other risk people are people with a weak immune system, chemotherapy patients, pregnant women, the elderly and very young people.
The treatment varies depending on the site of the infection, but includes antibiotics, IV fluids and oxygen if necessary.
Source: UK Sepsis Trust and NHS choices
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