Jayne Carpenter Wiki – Jayne Carpenter Biography
Jayne Carpenter was a brave nurse whose ‘independence was stripped from her overnight’ when she lost both her legs and an arm after a cough turned to sepsis was found hanged by her husband, an inquest heard.
Ms. Carpenter was left with just one limb when a simple cough in 2016 developed into neutropenic sepsis – a life-threatening reaction to an infection that occurs when the immune system overreacts and begins to damage the body’s tissues.
She was 53 years old.
An inquest heard a nurse who had multiple limbs amputated after developing sepsis four years ago was found dead at home.
Carpenter was found by her husband at her home in Merthyr Tydfil on 7 December, Pontypridd Coroner’s Court was told.
She had phoned him to collect their dog from the house, and he found her lying on the stairs, the hearing was told.
Coroner Rachel Knight adjourned the inquest until 17 February 2022.
An inquest heard on the day of Jayne’s death, on December 7, 2020, her husband of 22 years, Robert, 56, who described his wife as his ‘brightest star’, got a call from her asking him to pick up their family dog Harriet.
But when he arrived at their house in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, he found her hanged.
The nurse, who suffered from depression and chronic pain, had twice taken an overdose – and the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic stopped her from enjoying the things that were important to her.
On the day she died, tests showed she had drunk a large quantity of alcohol,’ but police did not find a note stating her intention to take her own life.
In a moving post shared on social media last year, husband Robert said: ‘She was in constant pain and knew she would never get better.
‘Covid was the tipping point, she was very down because she couldn’t dance and socialize and do the things that kept her going.’
The heartbroken husband also described the hospital nurse as ‘an amazing person and said: ‘The brightest star in my sky has burnt out.’
He said the nurse had offered him the chance to walk away, but he told her: ‘I married you not for your arms or legs but because I love you.
In a witness statement read out at Merthyr Tydfil Coroner’s Court last year, Robert went on to describe his wife as a ‘happy, bubbly, sociable person who had a passion for ‘traveling around the world’ when they first met.
The hospital nurse, who lost her left arm below the elbow, both legs and four fingers of her right hand, soon began campaigning to highlight the dangers of sepsis.
Before her death, Jayne, who continued to dance and keep fit using metal prosthetic legs that caused terrible pain and infections, had been fundraising money for pioneering limb surgery not available on the NHS and had raised more than £20,000 of her £265,000 target.
Her GoFundMe page read: ‘The surgery will enable me to live the life of an able-bodied person. All the things I loved doing and my independence were stripped from me overnight.’
She added: ‘The prosthetic provision is not sufficient to allow me to live the active life I want to lead. This to me is not having the quality of life but enduring it.’