Woman bitten by mongoose lost nose, lips, tongue, hands and feet to sepsis

A woman lost her nose, lips, hands and feet after contracting sepsis when she was bitten by a mongoose.

Shaninlea Visser, 37, from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, was bitten by the mongoose in 2017 and collapsed two days later.

She said her hands and feet felt like they were on fire.

At the hospital, the mother was placed in an induced coma while the doctors amputated her nose, lips, tip of tongue, hands and feet.

Four years after a fatal infection, she has recovered and surprised doctors by surviving nearly 70 reconstructive operations.

Shaninlea Visser from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa

And Shaninlea has also returned to public life to tell her story and help others in bad times in need of inspiration.

This month she released a documentary about her ordeal and started a new inspirational talk show program, The Shan Show.

In her first episode, Shaninlea interviewed drug addict Costa Carastavrakis, who battled an addiction to tobacco, alcohol, and later drugs like crystal meth, before becoming an athlete, motivational speaker, and successful author.

Shaninlea Visser from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa

Shaninlea Visser from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa

Shaninlea said she wanted to “launch a platform where people can share their incredible stories, motivate and inspire other people”.

The show is broadcast on multiple online platforms and features guests who have managed to overcome adversity to find the best version of themselves to inspire others.


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