‘I should have been dead’: Derby woman survives septic shock, inspires others

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A Derby mother is recovering at home after surviving septic shock.

Lucie Kline, 23, had a laproscopic hysterectomy on November 28, 2018. She was in and out of surgery the same day.

Then, on the 30th, I woke up and I told my mom, ‘I think I am going to die,’ said Kline.

Kline was rushed to the emergency room. She found out her bowel had been nicked.

Within 24 hours, I was completely septic and dying, so if I wouldn’t have gone to the doctor that morning, they say that I probably would have died that day or overnight, she said.

However, Kline’s battle was just beginning. The mom of two and in-home nurse became the person in need of care.

Unfortunately, the vasopressors that they had to used to save my life took all of the blood flow from all of my limbs, she said.

Kline has bilateral below-knee amputations. She also lost nearly all of her fingers.

I don’t even remember them telling me that they were going to do the amputations. I just kind of woke up with them. I’s unfortunate, but it was a small price to pay for my life, she said.

Kline, who has always considered herself a positive person, admits her life has changed a great deal. However, she does not let herself think negatively.

I take about 15 different medicines to help with pain, and they don’t even take my pain completely away, but I just have to think, you know, I get to listen to my babies play, I get to listen to them learn and talk and grow, Kline said. That’s what gets me out of bed every morning.

After spending 98 days in the hospital, Kline returned to her Derby home in early March. She is now learning how to get around in a wheelchair and use what is left of her fingers.

Even though I was right-handed to begin with, I am learning how to do everything with my left hand. It’s nice because I can hold a fork, she said.

Now that she is on the road to recovery, Kline has made it her mission to share her story in hopes of saving a life.

Time matters. Don’t wait . . . like I did. I waited until I felt so bad I couldn’t even move by myself, Kline said. Just be aware of your symptoms and go to the doctor if you have any doubt. They are not going to judge you for that.

Kline is expected to get prosthetic legs soon. She said her employer told her she is welcome to come back to work at anytime. 

Click here to donate to Kline’s GoFundMe.

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