Mum forced to have nose, lips, hands and feet amputated after being bitten by a MONGOOSE causing sepsis – The Sun

A WOMAN has shared her story of how she had to suffer through four amputations, 66 surgeries and an 11-day coma after a mongoose bit her hand and the sepsis that followed nearly killed her.

Quadruple amputee, Shaninlea Visser, described her horrifying ordeal after she contracted sepsis two days after the nasty bite in January 2017.



36-year-old South African mum, Shan, said: "I was bitten at my former boss's home between the thumb and the index finger.

"I didn't think much about it afterwards until I collapsed two days later.

She said: "My ex-boss rushed me to hospital as I was in excruciating pain with my hands and feet and it felt as if they were on fire."

Shan's liver, kidneys and other vital organs had started shutting down as the sepsis took hold of her body.



Her family, including her young daughter Kiara, was told there would be little chance she’d survive as she was put in an induced coma for 11 days in a desperate attempt to save her life.

Doctors then spent February 2017 amputating both of her legs below the knee, both arms below the elbow and her nose and lips.

Shan has since been through an intensive course of 66 reconstruction operations and she is due to have another one this April to begin her jaw reconstruction.

One operation to reconstruct her lips took 13 hours.

Shan said: "My lips were reconstructed from my thigh by placing a tissue expander under the skin and over a few weeks I had to have saline injected into this bag to stretch the skin."

"To date I've had 66 operations and my nose has been reconstructed from a skin graft from my thigh and rib bone.

"This was first constructed on my forehead until there was enough blood supply to 'swing' it round and place it where her nose should be."

Shan said of her miraculous survival: “I want people to be aware of what sepsis can cause- life is too short, take the bull by the horns and go for it."






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