Type one diabetic, Molly Sowden from Batley, West Yorkshire went into hospital with blood clots and woke up to find her leg amputated below the knee…
According to reports, the 22-year-old carer first experienced a shooting pain in her leg in October last year. However, in April scans showed that she had nine blood clots in her left leg, one in her right leg, and one in her stomach.
She was immediately admitted for surgery, but just 36 hours later, after doctors told her parents it was ‘life or limb,’ she woke to find her leg had been amputated below the knee. At first she didn’t believe what had happened as she could “still feel her toes wiggling”.
However, that wasn’t the end of Sowden’s trauma. Her leg developed sepsis, and she went in for another surgery to remove more of the infected leg.
Doctors then discovered that the source of the clots was a hole in her heart, which resulted in yet another surgery.
No visits from supporters
One of the most difficult parts of the whole experience was having to deal with the trauma ‘alone’, says Sowden. Hospital restrictions did not allow for visits from friends and family. However, she did receive a lot of support online, and her courage caught the eye of Skin Traffik & Peaky Blinders actor, Keith Mason who sent her a video to encourage her. Mason’s partner, Riona Kelly was left paralysed from the belly button down by a spinal stroke in 2015. After a long journey, she is now able to walk again.
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“When I got the video in hospital, it made me feel like I’m not alone,” said Sowden. “Keith’s partner can walk unaided now so I found that really inspiring. I’m determined and strong and while my life has changed forever, I have to keep moving forwards.”
After four weeks in hospital, Sowden was finally given the all-clear to go home, and is currently working on her physio and mobility, as well as coming to terms with her amputation.
“I am stronger than I ever knew as with this pandemic going on I am unable to see family or friends so I am doing this alone but I am smashing it, she posted on Instagram. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life but I am doing it! If I can overcome this alone then I can overcome anything life throws at me. Time to smash this.”
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Ignore the face I was pissing myself laughing😂 after 3 major surgeries and the last one being on Saturday this photo was taken yesterday 3 days after my surgery I told myself I was going to get out of bed and sit in the wheelchair, and I DID IT. It’s not a massive thing but after loosing most of my independence I was the happiest I’ve been in weeks, things have changed massively. I’ve lost a few people but that isn’t going to stop me from going further and further and gain my dependence back. I am stronger than I ever knew as with this pandemic going on I am unable to see family or friends so I am doing this alone but I am smashing it. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life but I am doing it! If I can overcome this alone then I can overcome anything life throws at me💪🏻 time to smash this. #nhsheroes #amputeegirl #smashingit #wheelchair #newwheels