A gran fell into a coma and was forced to have all her limbs amputated after suffering a small papercut.
In 2018 Marguerite Henderson contracted sepsis from a paper cut.
Just hours later the Fife grandmother couldn’t walk and was rushed to hospital where her organs began to fail.
The 54-year-old’s family were told to prepare for her death as she lay in a coma for a week, Edinburgh Live reported.
Luckily Marguerite woke up, but not before the infection had caused irreversible damage to her limbs.
Doctors were forced to amputate both her arms and her legs because of the infection.
Marguerite’s eldest daughter Kim Donnachie, said: “She noticed that she had a tiny cut on her index finger on her right hand.
By lunchtime she was so unwell, she couldn’t walk, her lips were blue and she was turning grey so we rushed her into hospital.”
Doctors at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy told Marguerite, from Crosshill near Lochgelly, and her two children Kim, 27, and Emma, 18, that she had contracted sepsis.
A day later the former nursery worker was taken to intensive care where her organs began to fail.
She was placed on dialysis, which proved too little to stop the infection from spreading.
Following the drastic surgery Marguerite began to recover and started the long journey back to something close to normality.
In a Facebook post in October 2018, Marguerite said: “Today I reached another step on my journey, by getting my new arm.
“It’s a bit heavy and feels like an alien object at the moment, but hopefully I’ll get used to it. It’s purely a cosmetic arm, as my own arm is not ready yet to have a Bionic one fitted, that will be a few months yet, all going well.
“The prospect of coping with two prosthetic legs and an arm is a bit daunting and feels maybe too much to cope with, but I’m determined to give it a go.
Life has been really difficult over the last few weeks and I’m finding living without my fingers unbearable. There’s so much I can’t do, no matter how hard I try.
What’s keeping me going is the prospect of moving to my new home, as at least I’ll be more independent there and feel a bit more in control of my everyday living.
“That I’m hoping will compensate a bit and make me feel able to deal with my frustration and feelings of failure, through not having the use of my hands.”
A crowdfunder to raise money to provide Marguerite with state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs raised £52,000, and is still open for donations.
On Thursday the Scottish Government published a video raising awareness of sepsis.
The video asks: “Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition which affects 250,000 people in the UK each year. Do you know the warning signs?
1. Very high or low temperature
2. Uncontrolled shivering
4. Cold or blotchy hands and feet
5. Not passing as much urine as usual
Recognising the symptoms and seeking medical attention as soon as possible can help stop sepsis in its tracks.”