A young mother nearly died after contracting a flesh-eating bug that meant doctors had to remove her left breast and a large part of her torso.
Lesley Kane, 35, collapsed while on holiday in the Netherlands and was rushed to hospital after suffering flu-like symptoms for a few days.
Doctors discovered she had sepsis and a bacterial infection called Necrotising fasciitis caused by a small graze on her left breast-she suffered while playing dodgeball.
But her condition had deteriorated so fast that surgeons were left with no choice but to remove her breast, torso and part of her back in life-saving treatment.
What followed was months of skin grafts as Lesley battled to recover from her horrific injuries and she is still struggling to recover at home in Stonehaven, Scotland, six months on.
‘When I left Holland, I was still using a wheelchair. I had to continue building my strength back up,’ she told the Mirror..
‘I came back to Scotland but wasn’t able to go back to my life as it was before. I still couldn’t walk a great distance or carry out tasks like I used to with a wealth of energy.
‘My day-to-day life was no longer how it was. I was tired, very tired, all of the time and on a lot of pain relief.
She added: ‘I’m still not quite there. I feel my mind is 100 per cent on it but my body just can’t keep up with me.
‘I’m getting there. I’ve returned to fitness and my physio and I’m trying to build my strength up but it’s a long journey and I have years of surgeries ahead to reconstruct and improve my scars.
‘I’ve never been short of help. It’s been amazing and overwhelming.’
Lesley wants to share her story to warn others that even slight health issues can develop into serious conditions.
She said: ‘People should always get themselves checked if they have health issues — no matter how little they are.’
Lesley is fundraising to pay for her treatment, to support her visit.