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Bury St Edmunds Sainsbury's petrol station assistant Pam Driscoll has double leg amputation after contracting Pneumococcal Septicaemia



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Nearly £10,000 has been raised in 24 hours for a ‘mum-in-a-million’ who has had a double leg amputation after contracting a form of sepsis.

Grandmother Pam Driscoll, 51, who is a customer assistant at Sainsbury's petrol station in Bury St Edmunds, was left fighting for her life in intensive care after a suspected sinus infection resulted in Pneumococcal Septicaemia with sepsis ravaging through her body.

After being admitted to West Suffolk Hospital on April 11, she was put into an induced coma for five days but her skin was red, raw and vulnerable - almost as if she had suffered severe burns across her body.

Pam Driscoll with third grandchild Ida
Pam Driscoll with third grandchild Ida

With blisters on her arms, hands and legs, she was transferred to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford on April 29 for specialist skin care and extensive skin grafts.

Her daughter Rosie, 30, of West Row, said: "We cannot put into words how brave and strong she has been throughout this horrific nightmare.

"In true 'Mummy Pam' style she remains rational and positive and worries more about how her family and friends are coping than about herself."

Rosie and Pam Driscoll
Rosie and Pam Driscoll

On May 10 though, both legs below the knee were amputated and she is going to lose all the fingers on her left hand.

She will also only keep the full middle finger on her right hand.

Despite this, bridal makeup artist Rosie, who has three children, said her mum's 'positivity and bravery doesn't falter whatever life throws her way'.

"She is just so positive about it all. I don't know how she has been so brave - she's been amazing."

Pam and Sean Driscoll
Pam and Sean Driscoll

With her brother George, Rosie yesterday launched a gofundme online fund-raiser to help pay for adaptations to their mum's home in Lawshall and car, a mobility scooter, physio and prosthetics.

Already it has raised nearly £10,000 and Rosie said the support from the community for Pam, hailed as a 'mum-in-a-million', has been 'overwhelming'.

"It's been amazing," she said. "I didn't expect it to be like that."

Sean, Pam and George Driscoll with George's fiancée Eloise
Sean, Pam and George Driscoll with George's fiancée Eloise

Pam, who also helped out at her husband of 32 years Sean's garage Station Autos in Glemsford, will remain in hospital for the foreseeeable future.

"One thing is definite; Mum is determined to live again," said Rosie.

"She may have had her legs and the fingers and thumb on her left hand taken away, she may need some cosmetic surgery to her gorgeous face but her heart is still so full of hope and positivity.

Sean, Pam and Rosie Driscoll with Rosie's partner Gary
Sean, Pam and Rosie Driscoll with Rosie's partner Gary

"Her mind still full of goals and dreams. The worst thing happened and she survived."

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