On October 18, James Mackey came down with what he thought was the flu. Within weeks, sepsis had taken over his immune system, forcing doctors to amputate both legs from mid-shin.
Sepsis is a deadly condition that kills over 258,000 Americans every year. Doctors believe that in this case, the infection began in a small cut on Mackey’s hand, but once it was in his bloodstream, it began destroying tissue and organs. By the beginning of November, the only way to save the young father’s life was to perform a double amputation.