A Florida woman’s life changed in an instant. One day she was a healthy, young mom and the next she was in a coma needing quadruple amputation. Yet through it all, her faith in God remained strong.
Kayleigh Ferguson-Walker of Coral Springs, Florida was six months pregnant when she suddenly came down with what seemed like a bad case of the flu. Once she arrived at the emergency room, doctors discovered that she was going downhill fast and on the brink of death.
Her baby’s heartbeat could not be detected and contractions were induced. But it was too late.
Kayleigh’s losses did not stop there either. The infection that had claimed her baby’s life, sepsis, had also infected her as well. Septic shock set in and began to pull her blood from her extremities to her vital organs.
She was rushed to the ICU where she was put into a medically induced coma as her arms and legs began to wither and die from the lack of blood. Doctors managed to save her life, but not her limbs.
Kayleigh awoke from her coma to discover that she could not move her arms or legs. Her dead arms and legs were at risk of spreading dead cells back into her body, so it became clear what needed to happen next.
After considering all her options, the best decision was to amputate both arms and both legs.
“She was responsive and talkative, and that was remarkable in itself, but her general condition was not good,” said Dr. James Fletcher. “Her four limbs were not viable. This is the most horrible thing. But she is healthy, and we’re going to keep her alive, preserve function.”
“When I woke up, I looked at my arms, and they were not there. I tried to move my legs. They did not move,” said Kayleigh. “This was a hard state to be in. But I did not break out crying. Of course I asked, ‘Why me? How me? Why me, God? How am I going to do this? I have a young child.’”
“Everything happens for a reason. Unfortunately, it happened to us,” said her husband, Ramon. “I have a feeling there is a bigger purpose out there for Kayleigh and myself. I am not sure how far it’s going to go, or where, but this thing we’re going to be a part of, it’s big.”
“Today I’m just amazed to be here, to be able to talk, to see, to praise God,” Kayleigh said. “I was in a coma for two weeks. But when I woke up, I woke up. And God, he had a different plan for me. And I looked around, and I said to myself, I can be depressed about this, or I can just go through.”
“I stay positive for my daughter,” she continued. “Every time I came home from work, I would dance with her. So I say to her, ‘When I get my legs, the first thing we’re going to do is dance.’ And that puts a big smile on her face.”
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