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Man thought he had a cold - then he loses legs and hands
A man from Wales who thought he had a cold had his legs and hands amputated. The 46-year-old did not have a cold, but suffered from blood poisoning caused by meningitis (meningitis).
Both feet and one hand amputated
According to a media report, a triple father from Wales who thought he was just cold had to have both legs and one hand amputated. The 46-year-old man, who also lost the fingers of the other hand, did not have a cold, but suffered from blood poisoning, which was caused by meningitis (meningitis). According to the British newspaper "Daily Mail", Chris G. from Cardiff fought for his life because "his immune system caused the body to attack its own tissues and organs".
Hardly any other disease is underestimated as blood poisoning. Sepsis can affect not only people with a weakened immune system, there is also danger for healthy people.
To avoid the often lifelong consequences, quick action is required.
Too often, however, blood poisoning is not recognized at all or only at a late stage, also because the symptoms resemble those of the flu.
Symptoms that can occur with a disease include fever, chills, accelerated pulse, faster breathing, lower blood pressure and rapid heartbeat.
Sick people often feel exhausted and have restless sleep.
Pain in the head was unbearable
Chris G. from Cardiff also felt very weak when he went to the swimming pool with his three children and his wife on a weekend in mid-July. He thought he caught a cold and preferred to go to bed.
When his wife looked after him a little later, she found that he was at a high temperature and was so weak that he could no longer go to the bathroom.
"I couldn't walk straight and the pain in my head was unbearable, and that's the last thing I remember," the massage therapist told the Daily Mail.
Two weeks in a coma
Fortunately, his wife, Karran, who was on a course to return to nursing, recognized the symptoms and called an ambulance to take him to the intensive care unit at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.
Respiratory equipment for breathing support was used and antibiotic treatment started.
“He spoke to me at four o'clock, and he was close to death at six o'clock; literally. For four days they told me he was going to die, so they prepared me for the worst, ”said Karran.
The first night her husband had to be revived. His condition finally stabilized, but he remained in a coma for another two weeks.
Doctors explained to Karran that they had discovered a meningococcal infection in Chris that had caused the septic reaction.
These bacteria can sometimes have fatal consequences, as a case from Mönchengladbach shows. Only a few weeks ago, a teenager had died there after a meningococcal infection.
Extremities did not get enough blood
Karran described her husband's condition in the newspaper report: "His lungs had stopped working, his heart was not working well, and his blood was not working, so he was bleeding everywhere."
“Because his blood pressure was so low, his body naturally tried to maintain its vital organs. As a result, his extremities did not have enough blood. "
According to Karran, the doctors had talked about possible amputations for about a week before finally being told that both legs should be removed under the knee.
She said, "I remember he said to me, please don't let her take off my legs because he loved walking on the beach and he was worried that he would never feel the sand under his feet again."
Patient wants to be home for Christmas
On August 30th, both his lower legs and his left arm below the elbow were amputated at Morriston Hospital in Swansea. The palm of his right hand and thumb could be saved.
Chris had asked the surgeons to "save everything that could be saved" before the operation.
In the following seven weeks, Chris' recovery made faster progress than the doctors originally thought.
He hopes to be hospitalized in Cardiff in the coming months to begin more intensive rehabilitation.
"My goal is to be at home for three days at Christmas," said Chris. He is extremely grateful to his doctors. And he looks to the future with hope:
“I am looking forward to the future because I managed to survive sepsis. I have survived and have things to do. I will be father and husband again. ”(Ad)