India Hight thought that she had the flu. She had been through a busy week and didn’t think about going to the doctor – it would pass. Only this time, her body had begun to go into septic shock, and an infection from a strain of E. coli wouldn’t pass on its own. Her husband left for work that day, but when he tried to call her a few hours later, he knew that something was wrong when she didn’t answer. The rest of her story is an incredible battle to regain her life, and one year later, she is impressing everyone.
One year ago today our world was forever changed. One year ago tonight, I lay dying and slowly slipping away from my family and friends as they sat helplessly watching. I do not remember anything after being loaded onto the helicopter and life flighted to Mercy Hospital in Rogers, AR, until waking up on March 20th only to be told that I had died three times as a result of septic shock and because of this, my hands and feet had to be amputated. I have remained off of FB since then for many reasons, but the main reason was to let me concentrate on my rehab & getting healed, both, physically and mentally. Even though it has been the most challenging ordeal of my life, I thank God every day that I am still alive and that I am still here for my daughters, Emeree and Landree. Those girls are my whole world and I believe one of the reasons I fought so hard to stay alive. I am so thankful for many things reflecting back on life a year ago tonight. I am forever grateful for so many loving people…. family, friends, and even total strangers… for all that was done for me. Whether it was praying, bringing food to my family, or sending money or gift cards to help us through this difficult time, I am so grateful and appreciative, but words will never be able to accurately convey the magnitude of my appreciation. I am still humbled at all the outpouring of support we received. Tonight, to mark this one year anniversary, Kevin and I went back to Mercy and walked down the ICU corridor. As soon as Leslie Nicholas Eldridge said my name, I busted out sobbing and she held me tight. It was so, unbelievably, emotional for me to be back there one year later, in the same spot….alive and knowing that the outcome could’ve easily been different, and by all rights should’ve been different!
Thank you Lord for choosing me to be one of your miracles!! We then proceeded over to the other side of the 4th floor where my home was for nearly two months. It was the happiest reunion with lots of joyful tears!! Kevin and I wanted to go to the hospital because we wanted to say “thank you” to as many people as we could. I had such amazing care while I was there! Without all the wonderful and attentive staff I don’t know if I would’ve progressed as well as I did. I wanted to (and want to) let all of you Mercy peeps who cared for me to know how much you mean to me! I know you have some incredibly difficult and sucky days, but I hope when you think of me, you will know that you made a difference. So keep on doing what you do, you can be the difference!!! Here I am with a handful of my “angels” on the 4th floor!”
Through it all, she held onto her faith and was supported by the incredible people around her. Her story is inspiring. She never stopped fighting, and she never gave up. Even when this hard thing happened in her life, she held on to the people that she loved the most, and she is an inspiration to us all.
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