Woman who survived sepsis but lost legs, needs help making home accessible
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (FOX 2) - A Macomb County woman overcame the odds and survived a life-threatening infection.
Now she's facing a new hurdle and her family hopes you can help her.
"I believe in miracles and the power of prayer," said Tami Koprowski.
She's had both of her lower legs amputated, her right hand and most of her left - but Tami Koprowski's spirit is strong.
"I'm happy to be here," she said. "I really am."
Five years ago, an infection in her intestines that she wasn't aware of went septic, causing gangrene. She was in a coma for five weeks then woke up without limbs.
"I'm not one to be poor me," said Koprowski. "So don't feel sorry for me because there ae a lot of people out there who have it worse than me."
Tami has an amazing attitude but lately her spirits have been down and it has a lot to do with her house's two steps. They don't look like much, but they are keeping her from getting the care she needs and from living her life.
Since her amputations she fell and broke her upper leg and it has caused even more walking issues even with prosthetics.
"I am able to walk a little bit," she said. "I waddle but going out, that's all concrete. I'm afraid I'm going to fall again."
Her daughter lives with her, but works full time.
Tami's friend and realtor Laurie Reveley who helped her find this home last year - is trying to help again.
"After I saw her I just couldn't sleep, I just couldn't," said Laurie Reveley
Laurie was dropping off Christmas cookies last week when she knew something was up.
"When I knocked on the door she's like 'Laurie I can't handle these steps, I'm almost like a shut-in,'" Reveley said.
Laurie is willing to help pay for the material…but isn't sure of the best solution. she's hoping a fox 2 viewer can figure out the best way to get Tami safely outside.
"If we could get a handrail from the porch that is nice and stable, all the way to where the vehicle could pick her up," said Reveley.
Tami just wants to be able to get outside to enjoy the simple things.
"That little area (in the yard) has got my name on it," she said. "I want to make a little garden right there."
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