Woman Fighting For Her Life After Contracting Sepsis

Taylor Church Had To Undergo Several Amputations Resulting From Infection Of Bloodstream

A young Escondido mother is fighting for her life after she contracted a blood bacterial infection last month and has endured several amputations as a result.

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Taylor Church, 21, was first brought to Palomar Medical Center back on May 16 after experiencing several days of flu-like symptoms.

She later found out she had sepsis, which is a poisoning of the bloodstream that can be fatal if not quickly treated.

Doctors still do not know how Church contracted sepsis.

"They couldn't figure out what bacterial infection it was and they needed to stop it quick," she said.

Church was immediately put on a broad spectrum of medications.

"Some of the medication they had to give her to keep her alive prevents the blood from getting to the extremities," said Church's father, Chris Church.

That left surgeons with no choice but to amputate most of Church's hands and her legs from the knees down.

"I didn't know they were taking my hands and feet," she told 10News. "I woke up like this."

To make matters worse, her health insurance is set to expire at the end of the month.

"Financially, it's going to be a little tough here and there but we'll make it work where we can," said Chris Church.

Chris Church, who just retired from the Marine Corps after 25 years of service, has been by his daughter's side through the entire ordeal.

"She's alive and she's my hero because she's fought through it all and her outlook on life is amazing," he said.

TeamTaylorChurch.com has been set up for donations and support, which is something she needs as she sets her sights on getting well and learning to adapt to her new normal.

"I will make the best of this," she said.

It could be at least another couple of months before Church is released from the hospital. If all goes well, she will enter rehab after that.

For information on how you can help, visit TeamTaylorChurch.com or click here.

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