Great-grandma, 68, has legs and fingertips amputated after contracting flesh-eating disease from mysterious insect bite in Wiltshire

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Great-grandma has legs and fingertips amputated after contracting flesh-eating disease from mysterious insect bite in Wiltshire

A GREAT-GRANDMA had her legs and fingertips amputated after she contracted a flesh-eating disease from a mysterious insect bite in her garden.

Sue said doctors first thought she was having an allergic reaction after suffering from flu-like symptoms, but her conditions quickly deteriorated and she was put in an induced coma.Sue, from Highworth, Wilts., said: "I had flu-like symptoms and I was vomiting, so my husband Richard rushed me to the hospital where they were supposed to keep me on overnight."The consultant said to my husband: 'You'll be lucky if your wife is alive on Monday'. But I'm still here.

"I was losing skin, I was losing fluid through the skin, and they've asked for help from other hospitals."Sue developed streptococcal septicaemia, strain A and the flesh-eating bug necrotising fasciitis - which caused her skin to go black when the cells died. "When they said they had to take my legs, I just talked to myself 'well they've got to go otherwise I'm going to die and I just wanted to try to get back to as normal as possible, as soon as possible."

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