Mum, 41, forced to have both legs and hand amputated after doctors mistook deadly sepsis for asthma

A MUM was forced to have both legs and her hand amputated after doctors mistook her deadly sepsis for a common illness.

Lydia Galbally's chesty cough and shortness of breath led to diagnoses of asthma and a series of lung infections last year.

GoFundMe7 Lydia Galbally, pictured with her two children, was forced to have both legs and a hand amputated after suffering sepsis that at first went undiagnosed
Mum, 41, forced to have both legs and hand amputated after doctors mistook deadly sepsis for asthmaGoFundMe7 Lydia incredibly survived, despite severe gangrene in her hands, feet and nose requiring multiple amputations
Mum, 41, forced to have both legs and hand amputated after doctors mistook deadly sepsis for asthmaGoFundMe7 Gangrene spread as Lydia was hit with life-threatening sepsis after initially being diagnoses with asthma

But her condition suddenly worsened and she contracted sepsis, pulmonary tuberculosis and acute pneumonia.

The 41-year-old was taken to hospital, where she suffered from gangrene in her hands, feet and tip of her nose after her body went into septic shock.

Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by your body's response to an infection and can be triggered by an infection in any part of the body.

Incredibly, Lydia managed to survive after 11 days in a coma, but surgeons were forced to amputate both legs below the knee as they battled to keep her alive.

Her right hand also had to be amputated at the wrist as well as the fingers of her left hand.

The treatment to keep her alive restricted the blood flow to her hands and feet, resulting in the operations, husband Dan said.

The couple are currently taking legal advice about her medical treatment.

What is sepsis?

Sepsis is the primary cause of death from infection around the world, claiming around 40,000 lives in the UK each year.

The illness is always triggered by an infection, often from common illnesses such as pneumonia, urinary infections (UTIs), skin infections, including cellulitis, and infections in the stomach, for example appendicitis.

When sepsis happens, the immune system – the body's defence mechanism – overreacts and the result is it attacks the body, leading to organ failure and septic shock, which can prove fatal.

Mum, 41, forced to have both legs and hand amputated after doctors mistook deadly sepsis for asthmaGoFundMe7 Lydia's husband Dan is now raising money to fund prosthetics for his 'incredible' wife
Mum, 41, forced to have both legs and hand amputated after doctors mistook deadly sepsis for asthmaGoFundMe7 Lydia's loving family are now hoping to get her back to her 'old self' after the life-changing ordeal
'INCREDIBLY BRAVE'

Dan said doctors initially did not hold out much hope for her recovery but "against all odds", she began to recover.

Lydia was in an isolation at the Royal Papworth hospital, in Cambs., and contracted other health problems.

The damage from the tuberculosis infection was substantial as she no longer has full lung capacity.

She has been, and remains truly inspirational and though she doesn't believe that about herself, she has shown what a truly remarkable person she is

Dan Galbally, Lydia's husband

Lydia was finally able to come home after eight long weeks in hospital, beginning her two-month rehabilitation treatment this week.

Dan and the couple's two children, aged nine and 11, are determined to get Lydia back to her "old self".

Dan, who is now crowdfunding for new prosthetic for his wife, said: "Despite the clearly devastating and traumatic events of the last seven months, it is important to me to be able to tell you that Lydia has been incredibly brave and outstandingly strong-minded throughout.

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"She has been, and remains truly inspirational and though she doesn't believe that about herself, she has shown what a truly remarkable person she is."

Devoted husband Dan Galbally is now crowdfundraising for new prosthetics for his wife – and more than £72,000 has already been raised in just three days.

Dan has set up a Go Fund Me called 'feet and hands for lydia' to help raise funds.

Mum, 41, forced to have both legs and hand amputated after doctors mistook deadly sepsis for asthmaGoFundMe7 Lydia suffered gangrene in her hand that required an amputation
Mum, 41, forced to have both legs and hand amputated after doctors mistook deadly sepsis for asthmaGoFundMe7 The mum-of-two was forced to have all her fingers amputated on her left hand

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