This 27-Year-Old Lost 8 Fingers And Toes, And What She Went Through Should Be A Warning To Us All

When one young woman started suffering from a sore throat, she thought nothing of it. To her, it was a minor ailment and one not worthy of medical care. But when she came round one week later, she was horrified to see that she’d lost eight fingers and toes.

Shelby Smith lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, and in late 2016 she was just an average 27-year-old who liked to stay fit and active. In fact, she was at the peak of her health, and she hadn’t been ill for as long as she could remember.

So when Smith caught a mild throat infection in December that year, it came as something of a surprise. Unfortunately, financial issues meant that she didn’t have any health insurance, and so she had little choice but to wait for her illness to pass.

Soon, however, Smith’s temperature had rocketed to 103 degrees, while she was also simultaneously suffering from severe cold sweats. But with no access to medical care, she still refused to visit a doctor.

Unfortunately, it was then that Smith’s health took a turn for the worse. “I started shaking and convulsing,” she told WATE in March 2017. “My lips started turning blue and my eyes were rolling in the back of my head.”