When UK woman Jane Rylance was supposed to go to a colleague’s birthday celebration, she made the decision that she will put on her black skinny denim jeans. But the 52-year-old had acquired some bodyweight and while she was putting in on the jeans, she found that they were a lot tighter than they had been previously.
Yet, regardless of the uncomfortableness, Jane decided to wear them anyway and that ended up becoming one really harmful mistake.
Later in the evening, while she was dancing at the party, Jane lost consciousness.
Although she recovered a few minutes later, Jane knew it was time to go home and get some rest. But when she woke up the next morning, she was shocked to see that her legs had swollen up to several times their normal size.
She immediately went to the hospital where doctors were able to make a quick diagnosis: compartment syndrome, a disorder caused by damage to the nerves and muscles from too much pressure on the tissue.
“The jeans were literally squeezing the life out of my legs,” said Jane. “The left leg had to be urgently sliced open to relieve the pressure on nerves. The doctors told me that I was only an hour away from an amputation. I could have died. It was frightening.”
Jane had to undergo three more operations to graft skin from her thigh onto her lower leg. She survived the ordeal, but the scars on her legs will always be a reminder of how close she really was to losing them.
“I just feel grateful to still be alive. No fashion is worth the nightmare I’ve faced. I’ll not wear skinny jeans again. They can kill and should come with a health warning,” says Jane.
And hopefully by telling her story, she can help a few other people avoid a brush with death.