A mum-of-two who was electrocuted whilst plugging her laptop in to charge has undergone lifesaving surgery to amputate half of her arm.
Jue Snell, 40, says her hand became 'stuck' to the faulty plug socket - causing a severe electric shock through her body - as she tried to plug in the device.
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 - which causes persistent severe and debilitating pain.
After 12 months of hospital appointments, her condition worsened and the former performance manager says she began to develop a fever and began vomiting.
The model, 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 in a bid to save her life.
She is sharing her story for the first time to raise awareness of CRPS and sepsis along with promoting body positivity.
Jue said: “When I plugged my laptop in, my hand became stuck to the socket and the pain travelled through my body.
“It was like intense pins and needles that caused me to vomit straight away.
“I was kept in hospital for a day for checks as doctors were concerned in case I had a heart attack – thankfully I didn’t.
"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.
“My hand and arm had broken skin which contracted a serious bacterial infection that led to sepsis.
“Doctors said they must amputate my arm before it spreads but I wanted to take it off anyway as it was affecting my life.
“I immediately said yes as I was desperate to restart my life.”
Prior to the amputation, Jue became housebound, lost her independence and was unable to fulfil her job as a performance manager.
She 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.
She adds: “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.
Now five years on, Jue is the cover girl of Models of Diversity - a modelling agency that specialises in disabled models - 2020 calendar and a motivational speaker and coach.
Jue said: “The calendar shows there is still opportunities for those with disabilities and once you are in the right mind set, you can do anything.
“I felt incredible and empowered.
"I want to show other women that you don't have to fit into a perfect box - you can still achieve things.
“Dealing with a disability isn’t something that can be fixed – It is ongoing and it affects you every single day.
“However, I do believe that once you get your head around things and accept it, you can achieve your dreams and life your life to the fullest.
“I travel up and down the country to universities, events and businesses to educate them on what it is like be an amputee, how to give mental health advice and how bad things happen but it is up to the individual to propel forward."
Angel Sinclair, the founder of MoD said: “What struck us straight away about Jue's story was her unbelievably positive attitude.
“She has taken a terrible situation and is using it to inspire, motivate and challenge!
“She is not only undoubtedly beautiful on the outside, but the inside too and that is why she was our cover girl.”