A BRAVE nurse who died after losing her legs and arm to sepsis was today laid to rest in an emotional funeral.
Loved ones lined the streets to say farewell to Jayne Carpenter, 53, who was carried through her home town in a glass carriage pulled by four black horses.
Jayne continued to dance and keep-fit using metal prosthetic legs that caused terrible pain and infections.
Her heartbroken husband Rob, 56, said Jayne would have loved having four black horses for her funeral procession.
Rob posted a moving Facebook message after Jayne died on December 7 saying: “The brightest star in my sky has burnt out.”
Plasterer Rob found his wife of 22 years dead at the couple’s home in Merthyr Tydfil.
Rob 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 socialise and do the things that kept her going.”
Hospital nurse Jayne lost her limbs more than four years ago after a simple cough turned into deadly sepsis.
After coming around from nine weeks in a coma she asked Rob: “Why did you let me live?”
Jayne lost her left arm below the elbow, both legs and four fingers of her right hand.
She also offered her husband of 22 years the chance to walk away, but he told her: "I married you not for your arms or legs but because I love you".
Jayne was hoping to get her old life back by having groundbreaking osseointegration surgery where a prosthetic limb would be attached to her remaining bone.
But the surgery is not available on the NHS and only £23,000 of the £265,000 needed was raised.
Jayne put up with her NHS prosthetic legs but was constantly on antibiotics for infections and strong painkillers for the nerve pain she endured.
The lifelong nurse felt “let down” when the NHS didn’t allow her to carry on with her job at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.
She became a national campaigner warning others of the dangers of Sepsis and the Royal College of Nursing gave her a special achievement award which she was “very proud of”.
Only 30 family and close friends were allowed at the church service because of Covid-19 regulations but it was streamed live on social media.
The couple doted on their nine-year-old Weimeraner dog Harriet who sat on the floor next to Rob at St Tydfil’s Parish Church in Merthyr Tydfil.
Jayne was described as a “wonderful woman who truly loved life” but had endured tough years since being hit by sepsis in 2016.
The couple’s favourite song, Roberta Flack’s The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face ended the funeral service before Jane’s wicker coffin was taken to Cefn Coed cemetery for burial.
An inquest will be held by the Glamorgan Coroner in 2022.
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