A mum-of-two who thought she had fallen ill with a cold, faces multiple amputations.

Charlie Babington 40, was shopping when she began to feel unwell with back-ache.

The pain became so bad that she couldn’t walk, so she went home, and that is when she began to have breathing difficulties, and her face turned blue.

She said ‘’The next morning I said to my daughter, I don’t think I can manage to take you to school today. She said ‘never mind school mum; you need an ambulance!’”

Her daughter Katie, 10 and son Shaun, 12, called for an ambulance and just 24 hours later Charlie fell into a coma and was hooked up to a life-support machine.

She had been diagnosed with pneumococcal sepsis, a bacterial blood infection that has a nearly 40 per-cent mortality rate.

When she woke up, she found out her hands and feet had turned black, and she had no feeling in them.


Doctors then informed her that she would need amputation surgery on both feet, her left arm and three fingers on her right hand, due to the extreme blood loss caused by the sepsis.

Charlie told The Mirror, “I can feel and move my arm from the wrist down, but the fingers are black and numb. I’m going to need three or four operations.’

“I’m going to be disabled for life, and there’s no avoiding that. We’re going to have to move; I’m going to need a ground-floor house.

“The main thing is that I’m still alive. This sort of illness is extremely rare in adults, and we still don’t know what’s caused it.

A fundraiser has been set up by her friends to support the family while she is unable to work, and can be found online at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/wendy-wild

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