“You put high heels on and you change,” said Manolo Blahnik. For some women those changes include a black eye and broken wrist. In fact, one in three women sustain some serious injuries from wearing the killer heels.
Well, for one Scottish woman, heels changed her whole life for the worse.
2. Lorraine Burnett Danced The Night Away In 5-Inch Heels
In 2008, Lorraine Burnett of Scotland, decided to break in a brand new pair of five-inch heels to a Christmas party, and she ended up dancing the night away until 2 a.m. However, her decision to wear the shoes would have a lasting impact on her life.
When Lorraine got home from the party she noticed that she had a blister on her left foot. Lorraine works in medicine as an assistant caregiver. So she just cleaned and dressed the blister, not thinking much about it.
However, the blister didn’t go away and just continued getting worse. “After a week, it was so painful so I went to the doctors and was prescribed antibiotics,” Lorraine told Metro. “I really thought they would help as it just seemed like a bad wound.”
You may be wondering why a blister could turn into such a persistent and horrible infection? Lorraine suffers from type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes causes poor circulation, especially to the extremities, which is why her leg kept getting infected. Diabetes also causes a host of skin issues, including diabetic blisters.
After two years of suffering from infections, Lorraine was left with just one choice.
Amputation is a rare but horrible side effect of diabetes. Because of the poor blood flow to the lower half of Lorraine’s leg, the wound was not able to heal. If the infected limb is not removed, the infection could spread to the bone, and eventually lead to death.
After Lorraine lost her leg, she hardly left the house. She also had to quit her job. Her daughter Megan (pictured) was just 10-year-old at the time of her mom’s surgery in 2010. Lorraine and Megan had to move in with family for some time, too.
“I had to give up my job, which was heartbreaking. I couldn’t believe how much my life changed over a couple of years,” Lorraine told Metro. “I’d gone from someone who like to go out all the time – a real party girl who enjoyed the good life – to pretty completely housebound.”
As you can see from the pictures, Lorraine lost a lot of weight due to her kidney disease and the complications of her surgery. But, one of Lorraine’s biggest problem is the prosthetic given to her by the NHS. Now with the weight loss, the prosthetic doesn’t fit her leg properly.
Lorraine’s prosthetic is a constant burden. She suffers from painful ulcers on her stump due to the artificial leg. In 2014, Lorraine had to even be put in an induced coma because of an infection on her stump.