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A woman was left fighting for her life in a coma after contracting a deadly flesh-eating bug – from a cat scratch…

Shirley Hair, 65, almost died after her Siamese cat, Chan, scratched her hand and the wound became infected.

According to Hair, the cat’s scratch “broke the skin. It was quite deep, but not very long”. She didn’t think much of the incident at the time, but the following day, the skin was a little red and swollen. She then started experiencing what she though were flu symptoms. “I ached all over,” said Hair.

After a visit to the doctor, and a course of broad spectrum antibiotics, she wasn’t feeling any better and the symptoms became worse and worse. The infection started to travel up her arm, and her blood pressure skyrocketed.

Hair was immediately booked into hospital where she fell into a coma. Doctors gave her just a 50% chance of survival. She was diagnosed with sepsis, septic shock, organ failure, pneumonia and necrotising fasciitis (NF).

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She spent five days in a coma and six weeks in hospital.

Watch the video above to find out more about Hair’s experience and recovery.

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