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Shocking Infection Leads to Woman Losing Fingers and Toes


A Tennessee woman has lost six fingers and two toes after contracting a rare and potentially deadly complication of the staph infection. 

Shelby Smith, 27, thought she has a common sore throat until she started convulsing and her lips turned blue.

The 27-year-old who is engaged to be married said, “Still in my mind I didn't think I was as sick as I really was,”


After being rushed to hospital, Smith was put into a medically induced coma for a week and says her hands looked like “something from a horror movie” when she woke.

According to Daily Mail, Smith was treated with medication which diverted blood circulation toward her vital organs, cutting off circulation to her extremities, however he fingers couldn’t be saved.


Smith’s fingers on her right hand, and her left index finger were partially amputated and she also lost two toes on her left foot. 

Despite the loss of her fingers, she's determined to move forward with life. 

'I can either buckle under the pressure,' she said, 'or I can pick myself up and move on and just make a new normal.' 


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