A PREGNANT mum lost her baby and all four of her limbs after her cervix opened too soon.
Kayleigh Ferguson-Walker, 32, was six months pregnant with her second child when she fell ill with flu-like symptoms.
GoFundMe/KAYLEIGH FERGUSON WALKER Kayleigh Ferguson-Walker lost all four of her limbs and her unborn baby after her cervix opened too early and she contracted sepsis
She rapidly started to deteriorate and her husband Ramon rushed her to the hospital near their home in Naples, Florida, in March 2017.
By the time she arrived, her heart rate had soared while her blood pressure dropped and her kidneys were beginning to fail.
During an examination, doctors discovered a problem with her baby and decided to induce labour.
But sadly the baby didn’t make it.
Medics soon realised Kayleigh had contracted sepsis – a potentially deadly infection that was threatening to shut down vital organs, including her heart, lungs and liver.
She was rushed to intensive care and put into a medically-induced coma for two weeks while her body tried to battle the infection.
When she came round, her arms and legs were puffy and black.
She told Naples Daily News: “I was a big water balloon.”
The tissues were necrotic – in other words they had died from lack of blood flow.
I was a big water balloonKayleigh Ferguson-Walker
She was transferred to another facility and told they would need to amputate all four limbs.
Under a haze of medication, Kayleigh quickly agreed – despite protests from her family members.
She said: “I wanted to see my child grow up. I accepted the fact that it needed to be done.”Incompetent cervix
Doctors believe the sepsis was possibly caused by a complication in her pregnancy known as incompetent cervix.
It’s a condition in which the pressure of a baby growing can cause the mother’s cervix to open prematurely, resulting in premature labour or miscarriage.
The condition can also increase the risk of infection.
The triumph is still being here. Having a family, being a wife and mumKayleigh
Kayleigh’s legs were amputated below the knee, her left arm below the elbow and her right arm above the elbow.
She has to use a wheelchair but is determined to become independent again, especially for four-year-old daughter Aaliyah.
She has mastered how to feed herself, put on make up, brush her hair and move herself from her wheelchair to the sofa or bed without aid.
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Kayleigh said: “Being able to do that felt good. Once I got over the fear, the task became so much easier.
“From 2017 to now, I see it as a new lifestyle. I didn’t want to take it on as something impossible to live with, to live through.
“The triumph is still being here. Having a family, being a wife and mum.”
GoFundMe/KAYLEIGH FERGUSON WALKER Kayleigh with her husband Ramon and their daughter Aliyah, now aged four
She was put into a two-week coma to try and battle the infection in March 2017
Getty – Contributor The mum-of-one, from Naples, Florida, being pushed in her wheelchair by daughter Aliyah and husband Ramon
GoFundMe/KAYLEIGH FERGUSON WALKER Kayleigh with husband Ramon shortly after she had the surgery to amputate all four of her limbs
GoFundMe/KAYLEIGH FERGUSON WALKER Kayleigh before she had surgery to remove her arms and legs
Getty – Contributor Kayleigh being aided at home in her wheelchair
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