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Ipoh woman loses all limbs after getting bacterial infection while working in Singapore
Published on: Wednesday, June 05, 2024
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Ipoh woman loses all limbs after getting bacterial infection while working in Singapore
Initially, her family hoped for a minor amputation, but the situation worsened as her limbs turned black, indicating the need for a quadruple amputation. (Photo: Shin Min Daily News via Says)
Kota Kinabalu: A Malaysian beautician who had established her career in Singapore since 2016 faced a devastating turn of events. She lost her life savings and all limbs to a severe bacterial infection leading to sepsis.

The 37-year-old woman from Ipoh, Lin Ai Ling, started feeling unwell in October of the previous year. What began as a fever, stomachache, and weakness escalated despite medical attention, reported Says news site, citing Shin Min Daily News.

Lin recounted her ordeal: "Initially, I suspected food poisoning. The doctor gave me medication, but on a follow-up visit, he realised the gravity of my condition and rushed me to the emergency room, where I then lost consciousness."

Awakening in the hospital, Lin found herself amidst her worried family. The medical team had grim news: Lin was battling a life-threatening bacterial infection.

Her condition was dire; her heart was failing, and her brain was deprived of oxygen, putting her at risk of brain death.

The doctors proposed an injection to enhance her heart's blood flow and preserve brain function, with the caveat that it could result in the loss of limbs.

Initially, Lin's family hoped for a minor amputation, but the situation worsened as her limbs turned black, indicating the need for a quadruple amputation.

She said acquiring prosthetic limbs for her arms and legs exceeds her current financial means. Consequently, she's opted to use only her prosthetic legs, which she's paying off through installments.

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