She thought she just had a sore throat, so she ignored it. This decision cost her everything.

You will never ignore your sore throat once you see what happened to this woman who ignored her sore throat symptoms for a long time. Find out here what could happen to you if you ignore your sore throat! We warn you that this article contains medical imagery that you may find disturbing!

A woman from Tennessee called Shelby Smith thought she had the usual strep throat infection until her lips started to become blue, she told WATE just recently.

“Still in my mind I didn’t think I was as sick as I really was,” claims Shely, a 27-year-old retail worker who is engaged.


Shelby was immediately admitted to a hospital. There, she was diagnosed with septic shock. To treat her septic shock, the doctors had to put Smith into a medically induced coma.


She was in a medically induced coma for a week. Upon waking up from coma, Shelby saw that her hand looked horrifying. Her fingers have turned black!


Shelby’s fingers turned black because of the medications she received for her septic shock. The medications given to her were diverting her blood circulation toward her most important organs leaving her extremities without circulation.


All of her fingers on her right hand had to be partially amputated.


An infections disease specialist called Dr Jeffry King who treated Shelby said: “This is one of the most life-threatening illnesses we see as far as a bacterial infection.”

He also added: “These cases are very rare, there are only a few hundred a year.”

Shelby got fully recovered from the partial amputation of her fingers. She lives with her fiance Caleb at the moment and plans to get married soon.

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Let this be a lesson to you that you should never ignore your symptoms, no matter how run-of-the-mill they might be.