In case that OTHER nailbiting story didn’t cure you of the habit, here’s another one.
Not that long ago, we shared a story about a teen who lost her thumb to cancer after the nail had been ripped off.
After eventually seeing a doctor, the psychology student discovered she had caused such trauma to her nail bed that it developed into a rare cancer, known as acral lentiginous subungual melanoma, and was diagnosed last July.
Well, we’ve got another one for the nailbiters you know. This time we’re talking about an infection becoming blood poisoning: “Sepsis”.
It seemed like such an insignificant injury. He never would have thought it would bring him to death’s door.
A grandfather was left fighting for his life after he developed sepsis from ‘biting his nails’.
Ricky Kennedy believes he’s lucky to be alive after contracting the infection which is renowned for being a ‘silent killer’.
The 57-year-old claims that the sepsis started after he nibbled his nail down too far and a blister ended up appearing on his thumb.
He was given a 50 percent chance of surviving the terrifying ordeal and spent months in hospitals battling the disease.
“I had bitten my nail like that hundreds of times before so to think it almost killed me is terrifying. I was in so much pain, I couldn’t move. I thought I was having a heart attack and I really did think I was going to die.
Mr Kennedy’s wife explained: “By the time the doctor got here it was all spreading down Ricky’s arms and chest. He was absolutely delirious – he didn’t even know what age he was and he could barely breathe or stand up. I didn’t think he was going to make it.”
Mr Kennedy now faces major surgery on his collarbone to replace the eroded bones and is still in excruciating pain but added: “I’m lucky to be alive. I may never be as healthy or as strong as I was, but I’m still here with my family and that is very precious to me.”
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