Watch the video above to learn more about Karen’s inspiring journey
Nursing is her passion, and after 30 years in her profession, Karen Allen-Ross is not about to let anything get in the way of her calling to help others…
53-year-old mum of two is from Plymouth in the UK, and recently received her new prosthetic legs after a horrific sepsis infection led doctors to amputate her limbs as well as a number of her fingers.
According to the Mayclinic.org, “Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection. The body normally releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight an infection. Sepsis occurs when the body’s response to these chemicals is out of balance, triggering changes that can damage multiple organ systems.”
The 15-month battle started in July last year when Allen-Ross began feeling ill, and weak. Eventually, she was admitted to hospital when her symptoms became worse and worse. Doctors thought that she may have a bowel infection which led to the sepsis. Doctors were forced to amputate both her legs, and most of her fingers – leaving her with just two thumbs and half of her forefinger on her left hand.
Doctors were forced to amputate both her legs, and most of her fingers – leaving her with just two thumbs and half of her forefinger on her left hand.
Such an ordeal would have left most people feeling absolutely devastated
However, Allen-Ross has embraced her new lease on life, and has inspired those around her to pursue their passions despite what life throws at them.
She’s learned to walk on prosthetic legs and has taught herself to write again with her remaining fingers. Her friends and family are helping her to raise money for new, lighter weight prosthetics through a crowd funding campaign .
“Karen may be well known for being an amazing nurse who’s dedicated her whole life to the NHS, but Karen is also a life-partner… a daughter… a mother… a sister… a best friend… a friend… a neighbour… and for that reason, we want to raise as much money as possible to go towards buying Karen the best prosthetics in order for her to return to the active life that she and Lyndon lived, before this horrible illness took away not only her independence, but a big part of who she was,” according to the crowd funding campaign.
Although Allen-Ross won’t be able to return to work as a nurse, she’s been in discussions with local hospitals to offer some educational sessions to raise awareness on sepsis and how to treat it.