A mother of three had to have her hands and feet amputated during a horrific battle with the coronavirus.
Her doctor in Nashville, Tennessee, is now urging people to get vaccinated to help prevent complications from contracting Covid-19.
Autumn Nugent, 32, is now walking again with both legs fitted.
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Dr. Wesley Ely posted an emotional video of his patient on Twitter and said Autumn wanted to share her story in hopes of encouraging others to get a jab, the Mirror reports.
Dr. Ellie commented on the video, saying, “Covid took her hands and feet,” adding, “I cried when she sent me this yesterday: Her physical resilience and mental fortitude are my inspiration.”
He told his followers: “I sent this to her as she walks with new legs and she tells you…blood clots for Covid can be prevented with a vaccine!”
In a previous thread on Twitter, Dr. Ellie described the fall’s devastating journey with Covid-19, explaining how she ended up having both her feet and hands amputated.
The medic explained that the complications of the virus caused blood clots to occur in the arms and legs of the autumn, which led to burn-like wounds.
He wrote: “Covid-19 is a disease of the blood vessels that can affect your lungs, heart, brain or any organ. Blood clot sucks life out of vital organs.”
He said that nurses spend hours each day dressing and treating her wounds, and it soon became clear that there would be a cost if she had to survive.
Dr. Ellie wrote: “She would have lived, and we were all thrilled. However, it was sad to think that this young woman would lose her hands and feet as she continued to dry up, lifeless and still.”
Praising Autumn for her resilience, along with a photo of her smiling with her nurse, he said, “Her desire to live has become a great inspiration to all of us. I have gained from her so much that she has gained from me.”
After the surgery, Autumn had to endure a grueling physical therapy and take more than a dozen different medications each day.
Dr. Eli said her mental and physical strength were affected and she was even able to do two minutes of plank during her rehab.
The paramedic revealed that he got so close to him and Autumn during her trip that she called him “Dad.”
He wrote: “My daughter called her, and she calls me a new dad (he won’t give her advice!)”.
“She’s an immeasurable treasure for me. I don’t deserve her in my life, but I’m just so thankful that she accepted me.”
Dr. Eli said Autumn wanted him to share her story to “help others get vaccinated.”
He warned him: Her life has changed forever. This is the reality of what can happen to someone so young and absolutely true.”
But he ended the thread on a more positive note.
“Life goes on no matter how hard the curve balls we are thrown. There is hope for tomorrow. The love of her children and sisters drives her forward.”
“Very few drugs have a great safety profile. Covid patients want to be vaccinated and many have asked you to reconsider… Do your part and share their story and message of hope. Make it brave to share It’s worth it!”
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