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legs and arms Of Mother of two amputated after battling with a serious infection

When Mum of two Erica Tambrini had her legs and arms amputated, she though that is the end of the world.

legs and arms Of Mother of two amputated after battling with a serious infection

But now, Erica is a mum-of-two and happily married to husband Luke.

She says that she doesn’t want disabled people not to think that they won’t find love.

The 34-year-old. from Indiana, U.S., had both legs amputated below the knee and both arms amputated below the elbow after contracting meningitis, followed by sepsis.

Now, the occupational therapist is sharing her story for the first time to raise awareness of meningitis and to promote self-love.

Erica said: ‘Before I met Luke, I feared I may never find love as I was extremely self-conscious and had low self esteem.

‘We met the year after the amputation and he wasn’t fazed!

legs and arms Of Mother of two amputated after battling with a serious infection

‘Whilst I mastered how to get her dressed, in the car and everything else as quickly as possible.

 ‘But once I conquered my fears, I wasn’t worried about the second pregnancy.

‘I am also proud that I can still work and my job is so incredible – I get to meet lots of different people and help them.’

 Erica was diagnosed with meningitis in 2005 whilst she was studying to be a maths teacher at university.

She said: ‘I remember the day I fell ill like it was just yesterday, I woke up on a Tuesday morning – I didn’t feel right and progressively got worse.

‘I was taken into A&E and they confirmed meningitis. At the time, I didn’t know what it was but I knew it was bad.’

 Erica was placed in a medically induced coma for seven weeks to let her body recover.

She added: ‘When I woke up my hands and feet were all wrapped up but they were black as I had sepsis.

‘I wasn’t in denial so I knew I’d need multiple amputations – at first they amputated my right leg below the knee and my left foot partially.

‘I had another operation to remove both arms and then another operation to amputate my left side because the doctor said it will not heal properly after nine months of a wound vac which was excruciating.

‘The pain was so bad I agreed to have it amputated but I am grateful they are both below the knee which is useful so I can function.
legs and arms Of Mother of two amputated after battling with a serious infection

‘My main focus was being independent again and I was so desperate to get out of the hospital bed.

‘I didn’t want my family to suffer anymore so I began fighting to get back on my feet.

‘It was hard to come to terms with everything but I have accepted who I am and I won’t let it get me down.’

Although she does still get upset about not being able to do things like running after her kids in park or braiding her daughter’s hair, Erica is glad to have her family.

She said: ‘At least I am here and being the best mum possible.

 ‘I also work in mental health so I am able to take my own advice when going through challenging times.


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