A 37-year-old bride who is supposed to have put her wedding dreams on hold after she went in for a procedure to correct the constriction of the veins in her legs just to wake up with both limbs amputated.
Tina McCue, who has diabetes, is in kidney failure and manages vascular disease, said she first thought she was living through a bad dream.
"At first I thought it was just a bad dream, that something had gone wrong and that I was in a coma, but that I would wake up and still have my legs," McCue, a mother of four, told The Sun. "That's how I started to think. Then the reality hit." No choice but to amputate. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) often occurs in patients with diabetes or those with high cholesterol and heart disease, according to HealthLine.com.
About 1 in 3 people with diabetes over 50 years of age continue to develop PAD, which makes them at high risk of heart attack and stroke. The condition causes buildup of plaques on the blood vessels, which limits blood flow and oxygen to the legs and feet.
Symptoms include pain in the calves during walking or exercise, numbness or tingling in the lower legs or feet, and cuts or wounds to the legs and feet that do not heal in time. While medication and lifestyle changes can help manage PAD, serious cases may require surgery, according to HealthLine.com.
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"I have some bad days, but I don't want to leave any," she said, according to The Sun.
Relatives and friends have hosted collections for McCue at local pubs near her home in Baddeley Green and said that her partner Martyn has been her rock, as well as her children.
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"What I would like to do is go down the aisle when me and Martyn are getting married," she said according to The Sun.