In May, Tamara Impellizzeri was admitted to hospital with pneumonia.
She was prescribed antibiotics and sent home.
But just 24 hours later, her organs began to shut down.
As the mother-of-seven’s body attempted to fight off the life-threatening sepsis, her limbs became robbed of blood flow and within days it was clear that she would have to lose some of her limbs.
Speaking with Lisa Wilkinson on The Project, the 42-year-old explained what it was like waking from the coma to learn that she would lose her feet and her left hand.
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This is Tamara…six months ago she was living life as a busy, able-bodied mother of seven, and then her entire world took a completely unexpected turn. She developed sepsis pneumonia. Tamara has now had both feet and one hand amputated, and this week she loses her right hand. Tamara’s greatest wish is to get home even for a few hours on Christmas Day to share It with her kids. But she still has a long way to go. And when she does get home, there will be enormous costs involved in modifying the home to accomodate her many needs just to get through each day. @tamaraimpellizzeri is without doubt one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met who lights up the lives of everyone she meets, and if you tune in to @theprojecttv tonight, you’ll find out why…. And if you’d like to help Tamara with her difficult road ahead, you’ll find the gofundme link in my bio. #Channel10 6.30pm #theprojecttv
“I came out of the coma and there it was – it was black up to my elbows, it was black up to my knees,” she said.
“When I went back to sleep, it was probably the scariest. [I had] a lot of nightmares. I still remember them, I was burning in a lot of my dreams,” she continued.
“I couldn’t get out. In myself, I knew I couldn’t walk but in reality, I didn’t know that my legs couldn’t move.”
Weeks later, as Tamara’s fingers and toes blackened, she was told she would lose her legs up to her knees and her left hand.