An Essex mum who nearly lost her life last Christmas has defied the odds to celebrate the start of 2016 with her family.

Tracy Ralph, who was rushed to Southend Hospital on Christmas Eve 2014, had been so close to death that doctors had told relative to say their “last goodbyes.”

The 35-year-old mum of two, from Hockley, had believed she was suffering from a bad cold and tried to struggle through the pre-Christmas excitement on painkillers until her condition suddenly deteriorated.

During a visit to her GP surgery on Christmas Eve, a nurse quickly spotted the severity of Tracy’s illness and called for an ambulance.

Tracy was diagnosed with both pneumonia and septicaemia (blood poisoning) and had to be placed in an induced coma as doctors battled to save her life.

“Christmas Eve is a blur, I was finding it hard to breathe,” Tracy told BBC News. “Luckily a nurse could see how unwell I was and called an ambulance.

“If it wasn’t for her I don’t think I would be here today.”

On Christmas Day, her husband, Brad, was told that Tracy’s organs were failing and that he should prepare for the worst.

After being transferred to St Thomas’s in London on Boxing Day, Tracy’s blackened fingers and lower legs were amputated on 15 January 2015.

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A fundraising page was set up in the same month to help Tracy’s family to cover the costs of her rehabilitation and prosthetic legs.

Tracy began a course of rehabilitation at a specialist centre in Roehampton before she was able to return home in May.

“When I was in Roehampton, I had so much determination,” she said.

“I thought ‘I will be on prosthetics, I will be able to run’, I thought it would be so much easier than it has been.

“I was in a very dark place, but within the last couple of months I can see a future.

“It’s not a future I planned or expected, and of course I will always wish I had my legs and fingers, but I am very thankful I am here.”

Source: BBC News