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Woman’s Abdomen Eaten By Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Emergency C-Section

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Doctors Susan Farrar (L) and Shannon Lamb (R) deliver a baby girl by C-section on January 21, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Recently, news reports have revealed that a woman who just gave birth came really close to death after a flesh-eating bug found her C-section incision and took hold of it, almost killing her. Just barely brushing off death, the new mother is now urging all women to look out for any symptoms similar to the ones she experienced, and to contact their doctors as soon as possible if they experience it as well.

Flesh-Eating Bug

The first symptom was a slight fever that Krista Parise first noticed just a few days before she gave birth, which lead to her gynecologist deciding she should get a caesarian. Then, in the weekend after successfully giving birth via C-section, her fever immediately worsened, climbing as high as 102 degrees. At that point, she started experiencing severe pain and discomfort around her stitches. However, because she didn’t want to complain after giving birth and felt pressure to immediately “bounce back,” Krista delayed treatment for a few days. Meanwhile, the condition worsened, making her skin very tender and rendering her almost immobile.

It was then discovered that when she did finally go to the hospital, the flesh-eating bug was just a few hours away from eating through her abdomen and breaching her intestines.

According to Krista’s cousin, she mentioned once that she was allergic to surgical tape. Because of that, she felt her abdomen for any rashes or bumps. However, what she found were huge blisters, and upon taking a photo, saw it had big yellow pus bubbles spread around.

The 32-year-old was then rushed to the emergency room, and was diagnosed with a popular flesh-eating bug known as Necrotising fasciitis. Per reports, the bug had made her case so severe because it already ate through the tissue that holds her intestines. She supposedly contracted the bug during her emergency C-section.

After being discharged, she then looked for a live-in nurse to help her.

Since then, she has started a Go Fund Me page to help with her hospital and live-in nurse expenses due to her insurance company refusing to pay the bill’s majority.

C-section Doctors Susan Farrar (L) and Shannon Lamb (R) deliver a baby girl by C-section on January 21, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

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