A woman has had EIGHT fingers amputated after turning black from a mysterious disease
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Edinburgh’s Catriona Patterson was in shock after her fingers turned black and organs began to fail, leading to her being rushed to hospital after paramedics could not find a pulse on her index finger
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A woman had eight fingers removed after a mysterious illness caused them to turn black and her organs began to fail.
Catriona “Tina” Patterson, from Edinburgh, was rushed to hospital with blue lights flashing in March after paramedics could not find a pulse on her index finger.
The 51-year-old had contracted Covid-19 the week before and had continued to suffer from fever-like symptoms despite being fully vaccinated.
As doctors struggled to figure out what was going on, Tina’s organs began to fail and she was admitted to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary’s intensive care unit in a life-threatening condition.
Luckily, Tina persevered with the expert care of medical professionals.
But only now does she realize how badly she is doing.
Reflecting on her ordeal, Tina told the daily record that she initially assumed that her health problems were due to a Covid-19 infection from the previous week.
“I just thought I’m still feeling the effects of covid,” She said.
“I had just had it, so I blamed it on my symptoms.
“I never expected it to be as bad as it was.”
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She added: “I’ve been feeling exhausted and in pain for several days. My feet were absolutely freezing and I felt so uncomfortable.
“One of the things I remember when I finally went to the hospital was the pain in my fingers.
“I remember asking the nurse to cut it off or to beat me unconscious because I couldn’t take it anymore.
“Shortly thereafter, I took the worst. My organs closed completely and the doctors thought I was dying.”
Since then, Tina has had four blood transfusions, been on kidney dialysis, and now has to take blood-thinning medication every day.
Earlier this month, doctors amputated eight of Tina’s fingers after their tips turned black due to a lack of blood supply.
Despite numerous medical examinations, the doctors still could not explain exactly what caused Tina to feel so bad.
“They told me it could have been a virus brought on by Covid, but again they’re not 100 per cent sure,” she said.
Medics said her blood began to clot, cutting off the supply to her limbs and leading to blackening and the need for amputation.
Tragically, she may also need four of her toes removed as doctors fear they could fall off if surgery is not performed.
Tina said it’s hard to describe how she feels after such a traumatic series of events.
“What happened was so unexpected and everything happened so quickly,” she explained.
Despite being “eviscerated and completely devastated” from the amputations, Tina said she was “happy to be alive” after such a horrific ordeal.
“My recovery will be a long one, but I’m trying to stay positive,” she said.
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Friend Lisa Haydon has organized a fundraiser to help Tina and her family financially while she remains focused on her recovery.
“Tina and Stuart are really nice people,” Lisa said.
“She almost died from refusing it like that and now she’s lost eight fingers and is waiting for the toes to fall off.
“How do you get up and move on? She needs help and people are nice.
“If anyone could donate theater tickets or an aid to help her around the house that would be wonderful and so appreciated by this beautiful couple!
“They are so loved by friends and family that I just wanted to help them.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-eight-fingers-amputated-after-27257915 A woman has had EIGHT fingers amputated after turning black from a mysterious disease