2008_11_mullings.jpgTabitha Mullings, who claims that Brooklyn Hospital Center ignored a condition that led to the amputation of her hands and legs, expressed her optimism as she headed to the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation yesterday. She said, "I know this is the place that is going to get me back on my feet... I want to thank God for giving me a chance to live through this. My goal is to walk out of this hospital with my hands and legs before Christmas so I can spend it with my family and friends. The first thing I will do is hug my kids as tight as possible."

In September, Mullings went to Brookln Hospital in pain and was diagnosed with a kidney stone, received painkillers and was sent home. But it turned out she had an infection that, according to the Daily News, "choked off blood flow to her hands and feet and she lapsed into a semicoma for two weeks," leaving gangrene to set in. Doctor had to amputate all her limbs and she is also blind in one eye.

Mullings, a mother of three, is suing the hospital for $100 million but says she isn't angry, "It's not anger, it's just a disappointment, and I don't want this to happen to anybody else. That's why I'm coming out with this now. It's just a disappointment. I don't sleep as good, but I do have my nights. It's a struggle, it is a struggle." The Daily News has information on where people can donate to Mullings and her family; one donor said, "I don't care if she wants to spend the money on a meal at Peter Luger's [the landmark steakhouse]. I just want to put a smile on her face."