A UK woman has shared her story of how she survived flesh-eating bacteria days after giving birth. Charleigh Chatterton, 27, developed a rash on her stomach six days after giving birth to her daughter Alessia. The rash quickly turned black and Chatterton began to feel unwell. She was rushed to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating bacteria.
Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare but serious infection that can lead to death if not treated quickly. The bacteria spreads rapidly through the body, destroying tissue and causing gangrene. Chatterton was given a 50/50 chance of survival.
Doctors performed surgery to remove the dead tissue from Chatterton’s stomach. She was also given antibiotics and other treatments. After a week in the hospital, Chatterton was able to go home. She is now recovering at home with her daughter.
Chatterton is sharing her story to raise awareness of necrotizing fasciitis. She says that she wants people to know the signs and symptoms of the infection so that they can seek treatment quickly.
The symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis include:
- A rapidly spreading rash that is red, hot, and painful
- Nausea and vomiting
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Muscle pain
If you develop any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Necrotizing fasciitis is a medical emergency.
Chatterton is grateful to be alive and to be able to spend time with her daughter. She says that she is “so lucky” to be a mother.
“I’m just so grateful that I’m here and that I can see my daughter grow up,” she said.