Lucie got her prosthetic legs around the same time her 18-month-old son started walking. "When I got my prosthetic legs we were both learning to walk at the same time."
When a woman gives birth to her child, she hopes of never missing a milestone in her life. She dreams of being there when her baby speaks the first word and holding her when learning to stand up, takes the first step. But what happens when that seems like a far-fetched dream to her? She would break down and wish for a better tomorrow. Lucie Kilne's story is something similar.
She was back home after going through a surgery to remove her womb due to menstrual issues and was expectantly looking forward to returning to her daily life with her family and kids. But instead, her happiness turned into a nightmare. Just a day after her surgery, Lucie fell sick and had to be admitted to the hospital again, reports The Sun. "But the next day I pretty much lay in bed the entire day. I felt sick and tired. I felt very groggy, like I wasn't all there when I woke up. That's what made me decide to go to the hospital," said Lucie.
While Lucie Kline was in the hospital fighting for her life, she missed a dentist appointment. The dental office sent a bill in the mail and refused to waive the fee, even after knowing her situation.— Morgan Mobley (@MorganMobleyTV) February 21, 2019
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Her health started to deteriorate at an alarming rate even after being admitted. "My blood pressure dropped, I stopped breathing on my own. I became very, very sick very quickly," she recalled. Immediate surgery was performed but to the family's shock and horror, Lucie slipped into a coma.
She regained her senses after two weeks but her life had completely changed after waking up. Her hand and feet had turned black due to sepsis. All this while the thought that kept troubling her was that she will not make it see her children again. She was particularly upset about not being able to see her younger son, Curtis, take his first step.
Lucie's husband, Lane remained optimistic through this hard time. While he knew that she would lose her limbs, he never lost hope for a better tomorrow. And the worst started to happen, Lucie underwent 25 surgeries to remove the dead skin, tissue and perform grafts. "You sit on your butt all day and that was what was covered in skin grafts. I was sitting on a thin layer of skin and bone," said the mother-of-two. Fortunately, she survived those tough times. "It was hard to come round and see that, but I was lucky to be alive," she added.
Mother has legs amputated after developing sepsis following a hysterectomy: Lucie Kline, from Derby in Kansas, was struck down by the deadly blood poisoning following surgery to remove her womb in November 2018. She slipped into a two-week coma. https://t.co/0cCNruDhZf pic.twitter.com/vb5BkNpgJZ— RushReads (@RushReads) January 8, 2020
Life has now started to inch towards normalcy. After a year of her surgeries and amputations, she started flourishing with her family again. "My son really didn't know much at the time - he was a year old when I came home. But my daughter kept saying 'my mummy was in hospital. What's wrong?" said Lucie.
Now, in a heartwarming turn of events, Lucie got her prosthetic legs around the same time her 18-month-old son, Curtis, started walking. "When I got my prosthetic legs we were both learning to walk at the same time. At first, I had to walk with a walker and looked like a 90-year-old woman, but it worked, because eventually, I was walking without any assistance," said the brave mother.
Her little son's baby steps motivated Lucie to get back her gait again. And what could be more inspirational and emotionally fulfilling than clutching your son's little hands and learning to walk with him again?
"Seeing Curtis taking his steps before me really encouraged me to try and become more stable," recalled Lucie. Her confidence sky-rocketed and she also learned to drive. "When I took my first steps it was incredible, I finally felt independent again," she said. And her dream to see her son walking finally came true. "Curtis is walking everywhere now. He's running. And he learned to walk at the same time as me - we learned together."