How a trip to the dentist led to UK man losing his arms and legs

Tom Ray lost his limbs after contracting sepsis in 1999.
Tom Ray lost his limbs after contracting sepsis in 1999. Photo credit: Twitter

A UK man who lost his arms and legs after a trip to the dentist went horribly wrong has shared details about his journey to recovery.

Tom Ray contracted sepsis in 1999, believed to have been caused by a cut he sustained in his gum while at the dentist.

He was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with the condition five hours later.

According to Medical News Today, sepsis is the result of a massive immune response to bacterial infection that gets into the blood.

It is described as a "medical emergency" that can become fatal or life changing.

Ray spent several months in a coma and missed the birth of Freddy, his second child, BBC reports.

He lost his arms and legs and had to learn to live with prosthetic limbs.

"It's not the life I wanted to lead," he told the BBC. "It is not the life I wanted for my children."

These days, the now 57-year-old is a motivational speaker. He also campaigns to improve the way sepsis is treated.

Ray wants there to be compulsory teaching on sepsis for all health professionals, BBC reports.

"I want to make a difference," he said. "I want to speak for those who can't - the people who have died from sepsis," he told the BBC.

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