Kidney Stone Leads to Amputations for Minneapolis Woman

Posted at: 09/17/2013 6:03 PM
Updated at: 09/18/2013 7:28 AM
By: Jessica Miles

A Minneapolis woman went into the hospital thinking she was sick with the flu. When she got there, it was much worse.

Doctors told her that had she not come in she would have been dead in an hour.
Sue Johnson eventually recovered, but it came at a huge cost.

On Feb. 22, Sue woke up very sick. A short time later she was in the hospital, dying. "Twice my family was called in and was told that my numbers were going in the wrong direction; the doctors told my family I wasn't going to make it through the night," Johnson said.

A kidney stone was blocking her kidneys; all the toxins that were supposed to be leaving the body were backing up in her bloodstream.

Sue was in septic shock, with her organs shutting down.

She was in a coma for 10 days but fought back and eventually woke up. But, life as she knew it was over. "When I woke up I looked at my feet and hands and they were black, just black and they felt like concrete," she said.

Her hands and feet weren't getting blood because of a condition she developed while in a coma. Doctors said they had to be amputated.

"That was a tough day, I never ever, ever had pain like that when I came out of surgery after they cut off my hands and feet... it was.... tough," she said, holding back tears.

This once very independent woman now needs help with most things, like picking up a hair brush or brushing her teeth.

She's been out of the hospital for only a month and is learning to live her new normal, determined to keep going. "I can still do a lot of things, and I can still be with my family and friends and for that I am very happy," she says.

There will be a benefit for Sue Johnson Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6-9 p.m. at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul.

For more information on the benefit and how you can donate to help Johnson, click here.