Quadruple amputee mom out of hospital

February 5, 2009 4:15:11 PM PST
A mother from Brooklyn who had her arms and legs amputated in a bizarre medical case was released from the hospital Thursday to return home and begin a new life. After nearly five months in a hospital room, 32-year-old Tabitha Mullings walked out of the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine on prosthetic legs. The single mother of three children was rushed to Brooklyn Hospital Center on September 15th, where she was stricken by sepsis infection and gangrene choking off the blood supply to her limbs.

Mullings had been discharged from the emergency room the day before the infection set in, haven been given painkillers for a kidney stone. She dialed 911 twice in the next 24 hours, but medics did not take her back to the hospital.

As a result, Mullins developed a sepsis infection, and within two weeks gangrene had destroyed her limbs and also left her blind in her right eye with severely impaired vision in her left eye. Her arms and legs had to be amputated below the elbows and knees as a result of alleged medical malpractice, according to a lawsuit filed against the hospital.

Doctors say she has made remarkable progress learning to walk on prosthetic legs, and she has been fitted for prosthetic hands.


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