A mother-of-four became a triple amputee after she had carried her and triggered life-threatening sepsis.
Christine Caron played tug with her four dogs on May 16, 2013, when her three-year-old Shih Tzu, Buster, accidentally hit her hand.
Ms. Caron from Ottawa, Canada, went to the hospital six days later after suffering flu-like symptoms and vomiting overnight. She collapsed on arrival.
She was woken from a coma three weeks later to find out that she was beating sepsis – the body's reaction to an infection that believed to have been from a dog bite.
55-year-olds were told that she should have her right arm and both legs amputated, as sepsis can cause tissue to die.
Ms. Caron has since learned to live with prostheses and now does everything she can to raise awareness of sepsis.
Christine Caron, 55, played treadmills with her four dogs on May 16, 2013, when her three-year-old Shih Tzu, Buster (right), an accident throws her hand. Picture after she had the amputations with (LR) Milo, Cameron, Keeta and Buster
Ms. Caron woke up from a coma to find out she was struggling with sepsis – a deadly condition that could be caused by an infected animal bite – and that she would need her legs and one arm amputated as a result. Pictured at the hospital after surgery
Ottawa, Canada's mother-of-four, has since learned to live with prosthetics (pictured) and does everything she can to raise awareness of sepsis
Buster was to resume in 2015 when he became extremely keen and protected by Ms. Caron and shows aggression to other dogs.
Ms. Caron, who also owns Milo and Keeta but lost Cameron in old age in 2016, said: "I just played with my dog in the garden when he accidentally hit my hand.
did not think it would be a problem when I had cleaned it immediately and it was not infected.
Three days after the dog bite, I began to experience some dizzying magic and became more uncomfortable from there. & # 39;
On May 21, Mrs Caron felt extremely weak, windy and nauseous while at work, then went home and fell asleep on the sofa.
She said: "I was trying to go to the emergency room, but it was closed a few moments before, so I went home and went straight to bed – and that was the last thing I remembered for months.
How can a dog bite cause SEPSIS?
Sepsis is a serious complication of an infection.
Bites and scratches can result in a bacterial infection which can occasionally trigger sepsis.
An animal bite that breaks your skin, exposes you to more bacteria, both from bacteria that may be on your skin and bacteria in the animal's mouth.
If the bite barely breaks the skin, you have a better chance of cleaning the wound well.
Dogbites are the most common in pets, but cat bites cause about 15 percent of the animals in the United States. In the beginning, they may not seem to cause as much damage as dog bites, but their smaller teeth and deep punctures can make it difficult to clean out a wound properly.
If you have been bitten or scratched by an animal, be sure to thoroughly clean the wound with hot running water. Keep the wound clean and dry until scabbed over to reduce the risk of infection.
According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), there are approx. 4.7 million dog bites in the United States over a year and nearly 800,000 people need medical help as a result of a bite.
Source: Sepsis Alliance
After trying to sleep it, Caron woke up at. 11.30 with what she thought was flu-like symptoms and went to the hospital the following morning.
Symptoms of sepsis include blurred speech or confusion, extreme tremor or muscle pain, not passing urine, severe shortness of breath and having braided or discolored skin.
Ms. Caron said: "I collapsed in the emergency room at 7 am.
& The next thing I knew I was in the hospital was awakened by an induced coma on June 13.
39; It was when I was told that I had a little sepsis, and the only way they would be able to save me was if they amputated my arms and legs.
Sepsis can be treated if identified Early and in the majority of cases lead to a complete recovery.
But Mrs Caron was not aware of the signs and believes that he suffers underlying lung problems – bronchitis – in the three months prior to biting caused her immune system to fall.  An animal bite can cause an infection as it allows bacteria found in their mouth to penetrate deeply into the skin. Sepsis can cause the blood's coagulation mechanism to go into exaggeration and cause blockages within the blood vessels.
When blood cannot pass through the blood vessel e, oxygen and vital nutrients cannot reach the body's tissues. The tissue can die and needs amputation.
The Sepsis had ravaged three of Ms Caron's limbs. But after winning revenue in her right arm, she was told she could continue to use it.
She said, "I was initially told that I had amputated all four limbs, but with some miracle turnover came back in my right arm – and it gave me the little glimmer of hope I so desperately needed to
Ms. Caron went to the hospital six days after she was bitten with suffering with what she thought was the flu after vomiting all night Picture with his dog Milo in 2017
Ms. Caron woke from a coma a month after being in the hospital after collapsing on arrival. She was able to get her right arm hidden from amputation. Pictured in 2017
Despite becoming a triple amputant, Mrs Caron said she now has the best of being alive. She spent seven months in hospital and rehabilitation after her dog bite
Ms. Caron received her left prosthetic arm in 2017 (pictured). She was able to eat normally and has since begun practicing yoga.
My legs were amputated under the knee on June 22, and finally my arm was amputated under the elbow on the 26th
& # 39 ; I was then put right into the rehab to learn how to cope with the loss of several limbs and achieve some degree of independence. «
Ms. Caron was dismissed from hospital to rehabilitation center on July 8, and in September she could go with her prostheses.
On December 18, she was exhausted from the rehab center.
It was not until 2017 that Caron received his passive left prosthetic arm that the doctors wanted her to focus her energy on learning to walk again.
Ms. Caron is happy that she could eat with more normality as a prosthetic arm is able to perform basic tasks.
Despite becoming a triple amputant, Mrs Caron explains that now she has the best of being alive.
Worldwide, one third of people who develop sepsis die – at least 46,000 people in Britain and 250,000 people in the United States die from sepsis every year.
Many survivors have left life-changing effects such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain and fatigue, body dysfunction and amputations.
Ms. Caron said that yoga, her family and increased awareness of sepsis help her to live fully every day.
She said: "Over the years, I have been working to become active again after mental effects of the surgery stopped me.
My original goal was to make it my 50th birthday, and that was five years ago. My new goal is to focus on helping spread as much awareness as possible about sepsis and the problems of sepsis syndrome – the condition most sepsis survivors are left with.
& # 39; We must do more to advocate and educate – as sepsis does not discriminate, it can happen to anyone! & # 39;
WHAT IS SEPSIS?
Sepsis occurs when the body responds to an infection by attacking its own organs and tissues.
Some 44,000 people die of sepsis every year in Britain. Worldwide, some of the conditions die every three seconds.
Sepsis has similar symptoms to influenza, gastroenteritis and a breast infection.
Symptoms in children are:  Rapid breathing
During fives can be vomited repeatedly, not feeding or not urinating for 12 hours.
Anyone can develop sepsis, but it is most common in people who have recently had surgery, have a urinary catheter or have been in hospital for a long time.
Other risky people include those with weak immune systems, chemotherapy patients, pregnant women, the elderly and the very young.
Treatment varies depending on the site of infection, but involves antibiotics, IV fluids and oxygen, if necessary.
UK Sepsis Trust and NHS Choices