Abigail Wardle was holding her baby Oliver in a hospital bed soon after he came out of a coma when Oliver’s limbs self-amputated in Wardle’s arms.
Earlier at the hospital, Wardle and her husband learned that Oliver might not survive because he went into sepsis, or organ failure, due to an undiagnosed and untreated throat infection.
Sepsis occurs when the immune system shuts down and doesn’t fight infections like it’s supposed to do. It can lead to gangrene, or tissue death, as in Oliver’s case.
Hand washing, vaccines, and proper wound care are some of the best ways to prevent sepsis.
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Abigail Wardle was holding her 11-month-old son Oliver in a hospital bed soon after he came out of a coma when something shocking happened — Oliver’s arms and legs self-amputated in Wardle’s arms.
Oliver was originally sent to the emergency room when Wardle noticed he wouldn’t eat and was whimpering in pain, according to UK-based publication Mirror. At the hospital, Wardle and her husband learned that Oliver might not survive because he went into sepsis, or organ failure, due to an undiagnosed and untreated throat infection.
“It was only when a nurse came over to speak to us and burst into tears that I realized how serious is was,” Wardle told Mirror. “She told us: ‘We don’t know which way it’s going to go but it doesn’t look good.'”
Somehow, Oliver came out of his coma and survived, but not before his limbs detached from his body due to the sepsis, which had led to gangrene, or tissue death.
Now, Wardle is sharing Oliver’s story in hopes that other parents can notice signs of sepsis in their toddlers before it’s too late.
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Source:: Business Insider