Escondido woman who survived sepsis speaks about ordeal

ESCONDIDO - An Escondido woman who beat the odds battling the deadly disease sepsis, which took her hands and her legs, sat down with 10News Thursday to share her triumph.

“I realized that before, I was taking life for granted in every aspect, and I wasn't going to do that the second time around,” Taylor Church said.

San Diegans rallied around the now 23-year-old Church and her recovery, after 10News did a series of stories about her two years ago.

“To look down and not have legs or not have fingers and toes,” said Church back in June of 2012, when 10News followed her progress after several difficult and painstaking surgeries to remove her hands and legs, all in an effort to save her life.
          
In May 2012 Taylor was rushed to Palomar Medical Center, extremely ill. Doctors learned soon after, she was in septic shock, her bloodstream had become infected with life-threatening toxins.

“I didn't know they were taking my hands and feet, I woke up like this,” said Church in the 2012 interview.
          
Through her terrifying ordeal, Taylor never lost hope. Today she is back home, making the best of her difficult circumstances with the help of her state of the art prosthetics. She is living up to what she told 10News two years ago.

“You have to wake up with the mentality that, even though today was not my day, tomorrow might be,” Church told 10News Thursday night.
          
Taylor is still getting used to her new legs and her new hands.

“To close the hand, I use the inner muscles right here and basically I flex like I was closing my hand,” Church said.

She has the most advanced prosthetic hand available, called the i-Limb Ultra.

“With this one I can pinch people, I'm like come here let me get you,” Church said.

On her right hand is a cosmetic prosthetic that helps the left one function.

It’s French manicured and proudly wearing grandma's ring.

Taylor says she credits her physical and emotional healing to her family, her 3-year-old son Aiden and the medical staff at Palomar Medical Center.
          
“I'll forever be indebted to them because they saved my life,” Church said.

Taylor is now mentoring other amputees, and will soon start college to become a makeup artist and aesthetician.
          
She and her family, though, are in need of all the financial help they can get.

If you would like to donate, go to teamtaylorchurch.com

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