In February 2013, Kaitlyn Dobrow contracted bacterial meningitis, and the deadly infection caused her blood to clot and stopped it from reaching over half of her skin. The damage that caused to Kaitlyn’s body was the equivalent of receiving third-degree burns. She nearly died and now has to face quadruple amputation.
Kaitlyn had 20 surgeries and spent 6 months in an intensive care unit. Candy Cooper, a nurse who took care of Kaitlyn shares how happy she was with Kaitlyn’s recovery. She even stated that such recovery is a miracle.
“It’s not just her physical progress but her mental progress,” the nurse said.
“Things like this change you. You get a different introspective on your life than you normally would have. It forces you to look deep in your soul, at what people mean to you, and how strong you really are.”
Kaitlyn admits she used to be very insecure, defensive and short tempered with other before her illness transformed her soul. Something happened in the hospital that changed her totally.
Kaitlyn encountered the love of God right in the intensive care unit. She then dedicated her life to Jesus and now spends a lot of her time studying the word of God and being at church.
After she became ill, Kaitlyn felt terrified when she lost skin and eventually her arms and legs. But she was overcome by peace and wanting to share with others these words from John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
“I don’t feel that sense of doom anymore,” she said. “I want to live.”
She is using prosthetic limbs instead of a wheelchair to be independent and free again. That independence inspires others all around the world.
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“I’m excited but nervous to actually get my life started. I’ve been so coddled for years and so taken care of. Now I have to start doing it on my own,” Kaitlyn said.
Kaitlyn was very interested in cosmetology and started beauty blogging on YouTube, showing make-up tutorials. The brave beauty has pink blotchy scars on her face from where the blood clotted and restricted blood flow to her tissues. She doesn’t always get the makeup on right the first time, and she laughs when she struggles to apply the beauty products. And it’s her cheery outlook about all of those imperfections that have helped her connect with others, reaching them with inspiration.