A MUM-OF-FOUR had both her hands amputated and was left in a coma after she was bitten by her family dog.
Michelle Ellis was left with a small wound after the dog bit her on January 16 when she put it in its cage.
Over the next few days her condition severely worsened and she developed sepsis.
She was placed into an induced coma at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and put on dialysis.
Her sister Melanie Ellis said she suffered multiple organ failure and was sedated for two weeks.
Melanie said: “Her kidneys are still not working and the extent of the damage caused is uncertain at this time.
“She is still unaware of the situation with her hands, they are waiting to see if she is strong enough to absorb this.”
Melanie said it will cost £32,000 for each hand to be replaced which a prosthetic one, which will need to be renewed every five years.
The Covid pandemic means Michelle’s worried family have not been able to visit her.
The family has launched a £100,000 fundraiser and so far £2,000 has been donated.
Her daughter Keana, 24, said: “The fundraiser is to help pay for her rehabilitation and any costs that will come along with that.”
Keana said: “It was a tiny bite – around the size of a cigarette burn – so nothing was thought of it and she left it – and then this happened.”
The dog is expected to be put down.