Sedated woman heard final goodbyes from her family but couldn't respond

2019-06-07 15:20
Racheal Acuff and her family. (PHOTO: MEDIA DRUM WORLD/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)

Racheal Acuff and her family. (PHOTO: MEDIA DRUM WORLD/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)

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A mother-of-two, currently recovering from a kidney infection, had to hear her family say their final goodbyes while she was heavily sedated and doctors expected the worst.

Racheal Acuff (32), from Missouri in the US, drove herself to hospital last year after noticing blood in her urine.

In the 12 hours after arriving at the hospital her condition quickly deteriorated.

"My blood pressure was so low it almost didn't register," Racheal explains. "They moved me to a room right away and began running a list of tests."

This is the last thing Racheal remembers before being sedated for three weeks.

During this time her family were summoned to the hospital to say their final goodbyes but to their surprise, Racheal's health rapidly started improving. 

"I remember hearing my family cry when the doctors told them to bring in family to say their last goodbyes, but I was sedated and had no way to respond to them," she said.

"I felt totally helpless but I knew I had to fight to prove them wrong. I didn't feel like I was dying, and I wasn't going to."

The 31-year-old was surprised when her mom told her she had septic shock from pneumonia, as her only symptoms were tiredness and a kidney infection.

Despite being initially surprised when she woke up, Racheal made it her mission to get better for herself and her boyfriend, Taylor (36), and daughters, Eden (13) and Reagan (9).

Racheal Acuff and her family. (PHOTO: MEDIA DRUM W

(Media Drum World, magazinefeatures,co.za)

Once home, her sepsis ordeal still wasn't over as her extremities were damaged due to the lack of blood flow while she was ill.

On August 29, 2018 she had the dead parts of four of her fingers on her left hand removed followed by the removal of the dead tissue on all five fingers on her right hand.

The mom-of-two also had to have all of her toes amputated.

"My most recent hand amputation has been difficult in that I lost a whole hand," she said. "Lucky for me I'm left-handed and they took my right but it's still different. I'm starting to adapt until I get my new hand in a few weeks," she explained.

"I've grown so much in myself and in my faith in God through this process. There's no medical reason I should be alive. So, something more powerful is in my corner for sure."

Since her near-fatal experience with sepsis, Racheal has made it her mission to spread the word about the illness after researching it extensively following her discharge from hospital.

She hopes that in sharing her story, she can help save the lives of others.

Source: Magazine Features

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