Sally Neal

 On November 26, 2017, I gave birth to my son. Due to the fact that has hand was up by his head at delivery, I received a 3rd degree perineal tear. The on-call doctor stitched me up and was optimistic that it would heal just fine. That night I was in tremendous pain. Nothing I had ever felt before. I was begging the nurses for stronger pain medication. They never suspected anything. Upon release from the hospital, I began to have very foul smelling discharge and I felt horrible. I was still in a lot of pain. I thought it was just because of my tear. I continued to get weaker and became jaundiced. On November 30, I contacted my OB and he insisted I come in to be checked out. He immediately re-admitted me into the hospital. That night I was sent for a CT scan that revealed bubbles in my tissue- a tell-tale sign of Necrotizing Fasciitis. I was taken into emergency surgery where debridement was performed by my OB and a colo-rectal surgeon. I now have an open wound which will require reconstructive surgery. They also had to remove tissue from
My bowels. Fortunately, he was able to catch and destroy the infection. I was put on 2 different intravenous antibiotics and spent a total of 5 days in the hospital. I am still recuperating and learning to deal with the changes to my body.