A woman was left in a coma for seven days and is now waiting to have all four limbs amputated after contracting sepsis from a 'paper cut'.
The family of 54-year-old Marguerite Henderson were told to 'prepare for her death', when she was placed in a coma for a week. She has since managed to pull through, but doctors have told the family they have no choice but to remove all four of her limbs due to the infection.
Her family have launched a fundraising campaign to get Marguerite a bionic hand, prosthetic legs and an electric wheelchair - they've set themselves a target of £80,000.
Eldest daughter Kim Donnachie said: "She noticed on the Sunday (February 25) that she had a tiny cut on her index finger on her right hand.
"It was that miniscule, she doesn't even remember how she got it. It was just a cut the size of a papercut.
"By the next day it looked infected so she went to the pharmacist to see if they had anything for it and they told her to get it checked by the doctor so she got an appointment for the next day."
However, the next day she was feeling too unwell to make the appointment, and the following day snow hit the UK leaving Marguerite, who lives in Fife, Scotland, stuck indoors.
Kim continued: "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."
Once at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, the family were told that Marguerite had contracted the deadly infection sepsis. She was taken into intensive care as her organs began to fail.
She was eventually put into a coma. The family were then taken into a room where doctors told them to 'prepare for the worst'.
"As soon as she was put to sleep they told us she could die," Kim said.
"We've found out now that nurses were told at the time she was going to, and it was just a matter of time, but she's been a fighter."
Remarkably, Marguerite pulled through, however medics have said they will have to amputate her limbs.
Kim continued: "On Monday the 19th we were sat down and told it's definite she would be having to get all her limbs amputated. The amputation of her arms is scheduled for Tuesday and her legs will be a couple of weeks later.
"They're all black and bandaged up at the moment so they can dry out before surgery."
To help ensure that Marguerite has the best life possible, the family has launched a JustGiving page - which you can donate to here.
Kim added: "She used to drive and would always be on the go. She was so devastated about it all but now she is saying she knows she's lucky to be alive.
"She wants to make the most of her life and enjoy being a grandmother."
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