The horror of the ex-jurist when she woke up to find the leg alive with MAGGOTS which led to double amputation

A young lawyer was forced to amputate both legs after she woke up to find sores around her ankles crawling with maggots.

Victoria Abbott-Fleming, now 40, had fallen down a stairwell and thought she had only suffered bruises and cuts.

But her leg became so infected that the swollen tripled in size, ulcers sweated and "rotting meat". smoke.

Her condition worsened so much that she woke up one morning to see her wounds swarming with maggots.

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Victoria Abbott-Fleming, now 40, had fallen down a staircase at work and thought she had contracted bruises and cuts

Victoria Abbott-Fleming, now 40, had fallen down a staircase at work and thought she had contracted bruises and cuts

Her leg became so infected that the swollen tripled in size, ulcers sweated and "rotting meat". smoke
Her leg became so infected that the swollen tripled in size, ulcers sweated and "rotting meat". smoke

Her leg became so infected that the swollen tripled in size, ulcers sweated and "rotting meat". smoke

& # 39; I screamed the house down, & # 39; she said. & # 39; There were thousands of them. I felt physically ill. I felt dirty, as if I had decaying meat. I wanted my leg there and then.

She said: "Everything that touched me felt like sandpaper rubbing on an open wound. At this point it was swelling so much that it was split.

& # 39; It stank of the high sky, you could smell me from a hundred meters away. I cried and just wept. & # 39;

At her lowest, desperate Victoria, she admitted that she had considered suicide.

I just could not handle it anymore; the smell, the pain. & # 39;

Ultimately, doctors decided to amputate and by the end of 2006, 27 years old, Victoria had her right leg removed.

Victoria and her husband won a £ 2.1 million payout from the college after the fall, but said that many of the costs involved medical care and had to renovate their homes.

Victoria (pictured in her appeal to the bar) was a rising star in the legal profession before getting her tragic accident

Victoria (pictured in her appeal to the bar) was a rising star in the legal profession before getting her tragic accident

Victoria (pictured in her appeal to the bar) was a rising star in the legal profession before getting her tragic accident

Victoria (pictured in her appeal to the bar) was a rising star in the legal profession before getting her tragic accident

Victoria (pictured in her appeal to the bar) was a rising star in the legal profession before getting her tragic accident

And her condition has also prevented her from having children, because the medication she is on would have serious consequences for a fetus.

At the age of 24, the life of Victoria Abbott-Fleming was perfect – she had just passed the bar exam and had a job as head of the law at a university.

Little did she know that a seemingly innocent thump was about to turn her world upside down – giving her a double amputee who swallowed more than 60 pills every day to numb a chronic state of pain.

She was called to the bar in 2003, but decided to get a job to teach A Level Law at a secondary school before starting her apprentice – the practical training needed before anyone could start as a lawyer.

Victoria, now 36, walked along the concrete stairs to Cheadle and the Marple Sixth Form College at Stockport when she slipped and fell.

Initially more embarrassed than hurt, she suffered a small cut and bruises – but when the young teacher tried to stand, she realized that her leg was injured.

With her car helped, she drove home. But alarmingly enough her leg had tripled within the three-mile strip, swelling so quickly that it split the skin.

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The innocent looking cut Victoria suffered

The innocent looking cut Victoria suffered

Her leg almost immediately started to turn purple and swelling

Her leg almost immediately started to turn purple and swelling

The innocent looking cut (left) she had suffered when she fell down the stairs, swelled quickly and turned purple (right)

Victoria was rushed to the hospital where she was initially discharged with anti-inflammatory drugs in what would be the first of the months of a misdiagnosis.

In the meantime, she had severe burning pain in her lower leg and watched the weeks as it changed color from white to purple to black to bright red.

She described the pain as & # 39; like thousands of ice-haulers who are pushed into the bone and skin.

It felt like rough sandpaper against a wound, the feeling of burning as if my leg was in boiling oil or then it was as if it was froze in an ice cube. & # 39;

Finally, in April 2004, Victoria was sent to a pain clinic that diagnosed her with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) – a severe and debilitating chronic pain disorder that is usually caused by an injury.

In severe cases, it can cause atrophy in the affected limb if the skin, tissues, and bones wear away, leading to infection and even amputation.

Ultimately, doctors decided to amputate and by the end of 2006, 27 years old, Victoria had her right leg removed
Ultimately, doctors decided to amputate and by the end of 2006, 27 years old, Victoria had her right leg removed

Ultimately, doctors decided to amputate and by the end of 2006, 27 years old, Victoria had her right leg removed

Victoria and her husband were on holiday to the hospital with the Mexican flu on holiday in New York

Victoria and her husband were on holiday to the hospital with the Mexican flu on holiday in New York

Victoria and her husband were on holiday to the hospital with the Mexican flu on holiday in New York

Victoria pictured on her wedding day in Las Vegas in 2006, during the culmination of her problems with her leg

Victoria pictured on her wedding day in Las Vegas in 2006, during the culmination of her problems with her leg

Victoria pictured on her wedding day in Las Vegas in 2006, during the culmination of her problems with her leg

Victoria said she tried every tried every treatment possible, from chili-based cream, permanent epidural, opiates and ketamine to counseling and psychologists – but nothing worked.

She was also afraid that the situation would be the end of her relationship.

& # 39; I thought my husband would not want me anymore, & # 39; she said. I kept thinking: "He does not want me anymore, he did not marry me as a carer at the age of 25. Why would he stay with a cripple?"

In the meantime, her leg has deteriorated.

The swelling and open sores from her knee to her toes forced her to use a wheelchair, but the torment of the situation gave her some respite.

& # 39; I could not touch anything on my leg, not only because of the hypersensitivity, but also that the clothing clung to my open sores and then I had to try to get the robe of my leg, "she said.

& # 39; These were the worst moments in my life and I will never forget them as long as I live.

The reason for the open sores was that because of their hypersensitivity and burning pain I could not have the strong bond with them, so they had to be left behind. & # 39;

Despite doctors' attempts to save her leg, the skin began to break with Victoria and described it as "elephant skin."

Victoria Abbott-Fleming pictured with her husband

Victoria Abbott-Fleming pictured with her husband

The couple met for the first time at the university

The couple met for the first time at the university

Victoria Abbott-Fleming, pictured left and right with her husband when they met for the first time when she was in college

Victoria tried every possible treatment before doctors finally decided that her leg should be amputated

Victoria tried every possible treatment before doctors finally decided that her leg should be amputated

Victoria tried every possible treatment before doctors finally decided that her leg should be amputated

But things got to a low point in 2006 when at the age of 26 the shoe woke up to notice that her leg was plagued by made.

She told Wales Online: & # 39; You automatically assume that maggots are dirty, so I felt incredibly dirty, & # 39; she said.

& # 39; Even before the maggots appeared, I knew I could not go on with this leg, so I made the decision to amputate it. & # 39;

Tragically, while Victoria and her husband hoped the death battle would be over, it had only just begun.

The CRPS patient woke up in extreme pain after the operation.

"I screamed, I felt as if my stump was being crushed in a vise, it was only the bandages around my leg. & # 39;

Unfortunately, the pain did not disappear and within a year Victoria had to amputate another four centimeters of her leg – above the knee – after it had been infected.

It took a total of 18 months to heal while the pain continued until today.

The daily torment meant that a prosthesis limb was impossible because she could not put any weight on her stump.

She not only had severe pain, but her suppressed respiratory and immune system made her vulnerable and she was repeatedly affected by pneumonia.

After so many difficult years, she and her husband decided to leave Christmas in New York in 2013.

Eventually the condition spread to her left leg and doctors had to amputate again

Eventually the condition spread to her left leg and doctors had to amputate again

Eventually the condition spread to her left leg and doctors had to amputate again

Victoria pictured her dog as she adapts to life as a double above the knee amputee with the help of her husband

Victoria pictured her dog as she adapts to life as a double above the knee amputee with the help of her husband

Victoria pictured her dog as she adapts to life as a double above the knee amputee with the help of her husband

Unfortunately, the trip was canceled when Victoria contracted life-threatening swine flu and had to be rushed to the hospital.

Her condition was so severe that her lungs collapsed and doctors were forced to put her in an induced coma. She also needed a tracheotomy to help with her breathing as she was withdrawn to the UK.

With a survival rate of less than 20 percent, Victoria moved on and discovered that the symptoms of CRPS had now started in her left foot.

& # 39; The doctors all said that the CRPS in my right tree stump should not go into my left leg; however, this was wrong.

& # 39; I had unbearable, burning pain 24 hours a day, seven days a week – as if my leg and foot were placed in an acid bath. The temperature on my leg one day was measured at 18c and it was freezing cold on the touch with a purple and black mottled skin coloration.

Her leg became so bad, it stank at the high sky & # 39; and she considered suicide. Here she is depicted after the amputation operation

Her leg became so bad, it stank at the high sky & # 39; and she considered suicide. Here she is depicted after the amputation operation

Her leg became so bad, it stank at the high sky & # 39; and she considered suicide. Here she is depicted after the amputation operation

I wanted to die, I did not want to go through it again. But my husband taught me that life is precious and convinced me to stay. & # 39;

On December 15, two days before her birthday, Victoria went to the operating room to have her second leg amputated.

However, it remains far from the end of her ordeal. She now survives 66 tablets every day to endure the pain.

Victoria has now written a book about the ordeal of three years – a story of caution but above all a triumph of the human spirit under the most testing conditions.

Victoria has now written a book about the 12-year ordeal with the title Burning Nights

Victoria has now written a book about the 12-year ordeal with the title Burning Nights

Victoria has now written a book about the 12-year ordeal with the title Burning Nights

AMPUTATION AND DEBILITIVE PAIN: COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME (CRPS)

The main symptom of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is severe, continuous and debilitating pain. It is usually limited to one limb, but can in some cases extend to other parts of the body.

The pain associated with CRPS is usually caused by an injury, but is much more severe and longer than you would normally expect – and is often completely disproportionate to the original injury.

The pain is usually burning, stabbing or stimulating, but there can also be a tingling sensation and numbness.

You can have periods of pain that last for several days or weeks, called flare-ups, and the discomfort gets worse. Especially stress can lead to flare-ups, and therefore relaxation methods are an important part of the treatment of CRPS.

If you have CRPS, your skin in the affected area can become very sensitive, and even the slightest touch, bump or change in temperature can cause intense pain.

In severe cases, it can cause atrophy in the affected limb if the skin, tissues, and bones wear away, leading to infection and even amputation.

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