A grandmother who was rushed to hospital with a suspected UTI has lost all four of her limbs after being tragically diagnosed with sepsis.
60-year-old Kim Smith was on a family holiday in Spain when she suddenly felt an excruciating pain in her left side.
The ex-hairdresser from Milton Keynes reportedly began to feel extreme chills and couldn't get herself warm, although she had a strong fever.
Kim woke up in a daze at 4am the following morning, struggling for breath and feeling confused she was rushed to the emergency room.
There they suspected she had contracted a UTI that turned into a kidney infection.
She was taken to hospital on November 29, 2017, and was quickly put into an induced coma after being diagnosed with severe sepsis.
Kim remained in the Spanish hospital for weeks before being transported back to the UK.
Two weeks after returning home Kim was taken out of her coma and tragically told she would have to lose all her limbs.
The doctors were not able to accurately tell what caused the sepsis as it was too far along by the time she was admitted to hospital.
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When Kim woke from her coma, she saw that her limbs had become blackened and died.
The 60-year-old said she was 'not surprised' when doctor's told her that all four of her limbs would have to be amputated straight away.
After the life-changing surgery, Kim was not able to move around, comb her hair or eat on her own – but she was determined to not let the tragedy dictate her life.
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The 60-year-old reportedly received masses of physical and emotional support during her twelve week stay in Roehampton, which helped her to adjust to the life-changing illness.
The amazing grandmother is now continuing to live her life to the fullest despite the difficulties with her prosthetics.
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She even participates in extreme sports like skydiving with other amputees.
Speaking to MailOnline, Kim said: "I still live a good life. I've just been down to Devon to do an activity weekend with other amputees. I've done rock climbing, zip wires, canoeing and archery. I've even done a skydive.
"I think that maybe my life is even better now. It doesn't stop me from doing things – in fact, I've probably done more now."
She added: "It's made me realise that life is short, and you have to live it to its fullest. I enjoy every day.'"
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