Kennewick High grad releasing book on losing limbs and eyesight to sepsis
KENNEWICK, Wash -- A Kennewick High School grad is sharing her amazing survival story, and it's a story with important lessons for all of us.
Nine years ago Carol Decker nearly died of sepsis, a life threatening complication of an infection that can result in organ failure. She was seven months pregnant and went to the ER with the flu that turned into pneumonia. She wouldn't leave the hospital for months.
"In order to save my life the doctors told me they would have to amputate both of my feet, my right hand and my left ring finger," says Decker.
For 20 days she was in a medically induced coma. Her tiny four-pound baby was delivered via c-section. The doctors didn't think Carol would make it.
"They brought my four pound, 15 ounce baby into the ICU, which they don't normally do, but they didn't think I was going to survive so they wanted us to meet. So we met cheek to cheek and had matching feeding tubes and I really remember that moment."
Carol Decker defied the odds and survived. But the sepsis also left her completely blind.
Her brother, Heath Gier, is one of many people who have been by her side.
"She dove into her physical therapy and was really just blowing people away with what she was able to do and how she was able to do it with such a great attitude," says Gier.
Decker, her husband and their two children now live in Enumclaw. She's had to not only figure out how to live without her limbs and eyesight, but how to parent her children and be a wife to her husband.
She's releasing a book in June about how she reclaimed her life.
"You have to make a choice, in my book I say you have to give up or pick up and move on and put the pieces back together. "
Decker doesn't know exactly why her flu and pneumonia developed into sepsis. Doctors think maybe her pregnancy compromised her immune system.
But nine years later she radiates joy, and, says she wouldn't change anything about her life.
"Someone asked me once if I would change what happened to me and I said no because of all of the wonderful people that I've met and the lessons that I've learned and how grateful I am for everyday. And that you can choose to be happy."
Carol Decker's book is called "Unshattered, Overcoming Tragedy and Choosing a Beautiful Life".
It's scheduled to be released on June 5. You can go here for more information.