Multiple amputations for man who contracted sepsis following a trip to the dentist

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A man who had half of all his limbs and part of his face amputated has been talking about how he has tried to turn his life around.

Tom Ray from Oakham in Rutland contracted Sepsis after a routine trip to the dentist. The condition shuts down the vlood supply to vital organs.

He became seriously ill on Millenium Eve, and went into a coma for five months. When he awoke he'd had his lower legs amputated and both forearms. Half of his face was also seriously disfigured and he'd lost his memory.

Tom was married with a two year old daughter, Grace, and his wife Nic gave birth to their son Freddy while he was in a coma.

A film about Toms remarkable story is released on DVD this week called "Starfish" starring Tom Riley and Joanne Froggatt as Tom and Nic.

Tom Ray says it truly depicts his struggle to come to terms with what had happened to him and the way he now looked.

  • Slurred speech, which is triggered by a lack of blood supply to the brain.

  • Mottled or discoloured skin anywhere on the body.

  • Extremely painful muscles due to a lack of oxygen.

  • Passing no urine in one day, as the kidneys stop working properly.

  • Severe breathlessness.

  • Chronic tiredness and swelling of the affected area.

For more information visit the Sepsis Trust website.