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I thought I had a cold until I woke up paralyzed and the organs shut down

A man from Britain shared the horrifying story of how he went to hospital thinking he just had a ‘cold’ – and ended up being paralyzed and losing his leg, with doctors giving him a 10 per cent chance of survival.

“I was totally blown away and I was like, ‘Am I going to walk again? Will I be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life? What will my life be like?’” Joe Ford, 31, told Kennedy News of his nearly eight-month ordeal.

The south-east London resident’s harrowing survival story began harmlessly in 2019 after feeling “a little tired” and “struck”.

However, Ford – who coaches a children’s football team – said it didn’t seem “too unusual”, explaining: “I just thought I was overworked or had a cold.”

The Londoner thought nothing of it until one day when he woke up sick with a stomach ache. When symptoms did not go away, he reported to Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, Kent, where he appeared to have passed out on the floor.

“[I] told the lady at reception about my symptoms but then I broke down,” he recalled.

"I was totally blown away and I was like,'Am I going to walk again? Will I be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life? What will my life be like?'" said Joe Ford.
“I was completely exhausted and I was like, ‘Am I going to run again? Will I be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life? What will my life be like?’” said Joe Ford.
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It turned out that Ford had gone into shock from sepsis — a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body tries to fight off an infection and ends up attacking and damaging its own tissues. To this day, doctors aren’t sure what caused the condition because they couldn’t find any cuts on his body that might have become infected and triggered the immune response, Kennedy reported.

The then 29-year-old was placed in a medically-induced coma and pumped full of antibiotics to fight the sepsis that was ravaging his vital organs.

Despite the best efforts of the medical staff, the prognosis was not good.

“The doctors told my parents I had a 10 percent chance of survival and they should start organizing my funeral because they really didn’t think I would make it,” Ford said.

In all, the patient spent almost a month in a coma: 2½ weeks at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough, Kent, and then a further week in intensive care at King’s College Hospital in Lambeth, London.

Ford was in shock from sepsis, a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body tries to fight off infection and ends up attacking and damaging its own tissues.
Ford was in shock from sepsis, a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body tries to fight off infection and ends up attacking and damaging its own tissues.
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When Ford finally woke up, he was completely paralyzed and unable to speak from being in a coma for so long. Doctors reportedly had to cut his throat and insert a tube to allow him to breathe.

“The next thing I remember was waking up in a hospital bed with a lot of people around me and telling myself to stay calm,” said Ford, who was reportedly unable to speak until three weeks later. “I was passed out and passed out.”

Along with his paralysis, the football fan’s tissues had begun to turn black and die of sepsis.

“I was black and blue, my face was swollen and all the tips of my body – my nose, fingers, toes and the bottoms of both feet – were all black and necrotic,” said the distraught Briton.

When Ford finally awoke from his coma, he was completely paralyzed from sleeping so long and unable to speak.
When Ford finally awoke from his coma, he was paralyzed and unable to speak from being inactive for so long.
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After a week, Ford’s right foot still hadn’t improved, so in June doctors “performed an operation to remove all the dead skin to see what was left and if there was anything they could do,” he said.

“When I woke up [from surgery]a nurse bandaged my foot and I asked her to take a picture of it – it was quite shocking and horrifying to look at,” the patient said.

The resulting image shows where doctors removed all of the necrotic flesh from the sole of his foot.

Unfortunately, the operation revealed that Ford’s limbs and right lower leg were “unsaved.” was amputated the following month.

“They said they could take a skin graft from another area of ​​my body and put it on the foot, but it wouldn’t be a foot to walk on and I would have skin problems with it forever,” he said. “It would basically just be a dead link and I would have no quality of life with it. They gave me that option or the option of amputation.”

"After three and a half weeks in a coma, it's amazing how quickly your body and nerves start to die," said Ford.
“After 3½ weeks in a coma, it’s amazing how quickly your body and nerves start to die,” Ford said.
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Ford was reportedly “devastated” after losing the limb, saying: “My passion in life is coaching kids, coaching football – and that was my main concern as I thought, ‘Will I can again?’ “

Things started to improve after the operation when the children’s football coach was transferred to Lambeth Community Care Center in September 2019. There he was fitted with a prosthetic leg and taught to walk again.

“After 3½ weeks in a coma, it’s amazing how quickly your body and nerves start to die,” said Ford. “I had to slowly rebuild my body.

“Slowly they teach you and every day you get stronger and have a chance to get back into a normal routine,” he added.

Ford undergoes physical therapy to learn to walk again after surgery.
Ford undergoes physical therapy after surgery to learn to walk again.
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Ford left the rehab center a month in early October 2019 – after just two months – exceeding expectations. He continues to undergo physical therapy and receives hand massages several times a month to strengthen his limbs.

Despite his progress, Ford believes he only has 75 percent of the work in his hands to date. “It’s been a long road and there’s still a long way to go, but I’m getting there,” he said.

Unfortunately, the sepsis sufferer received another blow after learning his father and fellow football coach Martin Ford had cancer. He passed away just months later in May 2020. However, the devoted son has managed to keep his father’s legacy alive by merging his own football coaching company – JMF Allstars – with another company.

Finally, Ford hopes his sepsis saga can help shed light on the insidious condition.

“I had no idea what sepsis was,” complained the football coach. “I don’t think many people know about it; It’s not really talked about much, but it’s a deadly, silent killer.”

2017 data linked sepsis to approximately 11 million deaths worldwide – approximately 20% of annual global deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

In another shocking sepsis story last month, a British woman’s hand resembled a shark puppet after doctors sewed the appendix into her abdomen to fight an infection.

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DUSTIN JONES

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