The nutshell: In May, right after the DCCon, electricmonk333 (from tumblr) was visiting New Orleans when she became very ill. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with the Toxic Shock Syndrome triggered by the common strep A bacteria.
The doctors could save her life, but the drugs stopped the blod flow to her extremities. A part of her left arm, all the fingers (save half a thumb) on her right hand, and part of her legs had to be amputated.
For details read kazluvsbooks' post here.
Friends set up a Giveaway page to raise funds for prosthetics. It's here, please donate. (I'm going to donate myself as soon as I have found someone with a credit card. I only have Paypal. *sighs*)