A mum-of-two’s arm had to be sacrificed in order to save her life after she was electrocuted.
Jue Snell’s hand became ‘stuck’ to a faulty plug socket at her home – causing a severe electric shock through her body – as she tried to plug in her laptop.
But despite only needing a day in hospital while doctors monitored her heart, the accident caused her to start suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
The condition causes persistent severe and debilitating pain and after a year of hospital appointments, it worsened and she began developing a fever and vomiting.
Mrs Snell, from Northwich, Cheshire, had broken skin on her hand that contracted a serious bacterial infection which led to sepsis.
Medics had no choice but to amputate her lower left arm before the sepsis spread and possibly killed her.
Mrs Snell said: “I had no idea the plug socket was faulty until I was electrocuted.
‘Six weeks after the accident I was diagnosed with CRPS – despite five operations, the feeling in my hand never returned.
‘My lower arm became thin due to the lack of movement and it constantly felt like it was soaking in boiling hot oil and when exposed to the cold – it was like my hand was in shattered glass.
‘The pain was relentless for the next 12 months and I was in the hospital three to four times a week.
‘In March 2015, my hand started weeping and I was very disorientated with a fever.
‘My husband Mike, 45, drove me to A&E where I was put straight onto a drip – after a few days I was diagnosed with sepsis.’
Prior to the amputation, Ms Snell became housebound, lost her independence and was unable to fulfil her job as a performance manager.
Mrs Snell recalls the ‘euphoric moment’ when she woke up after the operation without pain.
But when the ‘reality’ of being an amputee sunk in – she felt like she ‘lost’ her identity.
Mrs Snell is now sharing her story for the first time to raise awareness of CRPS and sepsis along with promoting body positivity.
She added: ‘I found it very difficult to accept half of my arm was missing, I was immediately put into a different place in society as I was disabled.
‘I suffered with post-traumatic stress disorder and felt as though my body was shutting down when I was stressed – almost every situation caused me to have panic attacks.
‘I was depressed for a year before I went to a psychiatrist which helped me deal with the PTSD and mental health issues and I then realised there are people much worse off in the world – I am grateful to be here and living.’
‘I am lucky to have my husband and children Holly, 17 and Ella-boo, seven, who kept me going.’
Mrs Snell is the cover girl of Models of Diversity – a modelling agency that specialises in disabled models – 2020 calendar and a motivational speaker and coach.
Angel Sinclair, the founder of MoD said: “She is not only undoubtedly beautiful on the outside, but the inside too and that is why she was our cover girl.”
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