“In 2012, I contracted falciparum malaria. It was diagnosed at a late stage due to the masking of symptoms and because we hadn't been outside of Johannesburg to a high risk malaria area. By the time that it was discovered, I had multiple organ failure. After a six week induced coma, my husband had to make the decision to amputate both my legs below the knees because my body was in septic shock and I had developed necrotic gangrene of my lower limbs. I then awoke to this nightmare ...
I was 32 and a half years old when my life took this dramatic turn. I could not come to grips with what had happened. I really wished I was dead instead. I couldn't bear to look at myself in a wheelchair; I couldn't even look at myself in the mirror. I knew nobody with an amputation and I had no idea of how to cope with my life.
Fast forward to 2014, I am now fitted with prostheses, I am living again, I am raising my family, dreaming again and living the best quality of life I can because a disability is just the ability to do things differently! I am most grateful to Chris Harper, my prosthetist, who has walked this long road of recovery with me. He is patient, accommodating and really wants the best possible outcome for his patients. He is focused on obtaining comfort for the patient and really not on how long it takes. It’s only when you are happy and living your life on your terms that he will finish those legs off.
It is imperative for a successful recovery to surround yourself with the best possible medical team to ensure that you are capable to achieving the outcomes that you expect and for them to be honest with you about your recovery process. You will stumble and hit lows because your recovery process is a roller coaster ride but you must persevere. You must acknowledge your feelings and accept that things are different now. You must accept yourself, believe that having lost limbs hasn't changed who you are at your core and surround yourself with people who love and care for you.
The team at Harper & Kühn will ensure that you have the best possible outcomes because you're not just a patient there, you're one of the family.”
Lynne Ann Bepat