Miracle for Nebraska family as grandmother of 5 faces long recovery — and life without hands or feet
A Nebraska woman who had her hands and feet amputated after suffering a sudden bacterial infection is in “surprisingly good spirits,” her family says. And she’s lucky to be alive.
Last month, Teri Roberts, a 56-year-old wife, mother and grandmother of five from Valley, Nebraska, was diagnosed with streptococcal toxic-shock syndrome and after falling into a coma that doctors at Methodist Physicians Clinic feared she would never come out of.
Then, on Dec. 22, came what her family described as an early Christmas miracle.
“She just magically woke up,” her 35-year-old son, Ryan Roberts, said during a press conference last week. “Literally four hours before we moved to take her off life support.”
Doctors, who had been discussing a quadruple amputation to save her organs, waited until Jan. 10 to perform the procedure on Roberts, whose 33-year-old daughter, Andrea Kruger, was murdered in 2013.
“She doesn’t want to be with Andrea yet … and she doesn’t care if they cut off her hands and her feet,” Ryan Roberts said.
Teri’s hands were amputated at the wrist, and both of her feet were removed all the way up to eight inches below her knees. Teri’s response? “I’m just letting the other people ﬁnally catch up to me!”
Her family is hoping to raise $25,000 to help pay for her medical bills, including the cost of prosthetic limbs.
“Teri has a long road ahead of her, yet her spirit is awesome!” a GoFundMe page set up for Roberts states. “She believes that everything happens for a reason and we just don’t know what it is yet.”
The crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $18,000 so far. According to Ryan, she is determined to walk and drive again.
“I gave up on my mom, and she didn’t give up on herself,” he said.