As a result of contracting the disease I had amputations to my toes (only the big toes and a small stump on my left remain), loss of heel tissue, malalignment of my legs, in particular my growth plates in my left leg did not allow it to grow normally and as a consequence it grows bent, my top adult teeth didn’t form, resulting in my need for a denture until I can have implants, amputation to one of the tip of my fingers, there was also fasciotomies (a surgical procedure where the connective tissue fibers are cut to relieve tension or pressure commonly to treat the resulting loss of circulation to an area of tissue or muscle) to save my fingers so that I didn’t lose them.
I have scarring from both the disease, where my tissue went black from the blood poisoning, and the subsequent operations. Operations include osteotomies (x2), a Taylor Spatial frame to encourage my left leg to grow by 5cm and to realign my ankle, a staple for my knee, removal of growth plates from both legs, scar revision – including an operation to stop my right foot curving over, and most recently they broke my leg again and used a titanium bracket to hold it together (which still remains inside!) to again encourage straight growth, this is known as a CHAOS procedure.
Personally, I try not to let anything stop me from doing what I want to do. I have danced since the age of 3, I act, I sing, I play musical instruments, I used to swim.