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“Happy to be alive”: American woman has limbs amputated after kidney stone operation | US News

A Kentucky woman who unexpectedly learned she would lose her legs and arms in what she thought would be a relatively common battle with a kidney stone is coping with her fate by focusing on what she has Again.

“I’m so happy to be alive,” Lucinda “Cindy” Mullins – who raises two sons with her husband – recently told Kentucky news station WLEX. “I can see my children. I can see my family. I can spend time with my husband.

“I just said these are the cards I’ve been dealt and these are the hands I’m going to play. … These are minor things at this point.

As she told WLEX, Mullins was dealing with a kidney stone in the weeks before the Christmas and New Year holidays. She received treatment, but the kidney stones then caused an infection and she became septic. .

Mullins was rushed to the hospital and sedated for days after doctors worked on her. When she awoke from her sedation, she realized her legs had been amputated. And doctors told her she would ultimately need a quadruple amputation to save her life after her infection spread, subjecting her to a rare “perfect storm” of life-threatening medical problems.

“I lost my legs from the knees down bilaterally, and I’m probably going to lose my arms below the elbow bilaterally,” Mullins told WLEX. She said a doctor she worked with told her: “This is what they had to do to save your life, this is what happened.” »

The grim news derailed Mullins’ life; her husband, DJ, with whom she has lived since the age of 17; and their two sons, ages 12 and seven, she said. It also upended her nursing career, during which she worked at the same hospital for nearly two decades.

But an outpouring of community support met his misfortune as word spread, including more than $100,000 in donations as Mullins prepared to undergo a regimen of rehabilitation, physical therapy and prosthetics.

“At one point, I think they told me there were 40 people in the waiting room” at the hospital, Mullins said. “The calls and the texts, the prayers and the things people have sent, the little words of encouragement — I just can’t understand people doing things like that for me.”

Mullins told WLEX that she decided to speak out about her life-changing kidney stone episode in hopes of inspiring audience members to “slow down” in their lives.

“Appreciate the things around you, especially your family,” Mullins said. “It’s okay to let people take care of you.

“If just one person can see God from all of this, it’s worth it.” »

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