Volunteers remodel Escondido home of sepsis victim

Taylor Church lost feet, hands

ESCONDIDO, Calif. - A group of volunteers spent Friday helping remodel the home of an Escondido woman who has had several amputations.

Volunteers from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry started the remodel project for Taylor Church and her son, Aiden. The plan was to make their home wheelchair accessible by the end of next weekend for Church.

"Almost everything I've done has come out of trying to find ways to do for him and the more independent I become, the better I can be for him," Church said.

Almost everything her dad has done has been for her.

She's my world," her dad, James, said. "I think you kind of forfeit your identity in a sense when you become a parent. It's the same thing I told her when she would get discouraged when she was in the hospital -- it's not about you anymore, it's about Aiden."

In May, Taylor Church went to the hospital with flu-like symptoms and was diagnosed with sepsis, a crippling, and potentially deadly, blood infection.

"I was kind of dying inside," James Church added. "My heart was crushed … that's my baby girl."

She'll always be his baby girl, but he nearly lost her. Church started crashing and went into a medically induced coma for two weeks.

"They were talking about butchering me alive, and my parents had to face that decision," Church said.

It was a daunting decision that likely saved her life. She woke up with no feet, no hands and no clue how she would hold her son again.

At the start of the remodeling project, it was clear she was holding him just fine.

"She's my hero," James Church said of his daughter. "She's never given up, but once again, she doesn't have an option because of Aiden."

"You adapt and you obstacles every day," Church said. "It's just a matter of finding a new way to do things, and that's exactly what I've done."

Church hopes others will learn from what she went through. She is asking people to trust their bodies and see a doctor if they think something is wrong.

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