Liesi’s Story of Necrotizing Fasciitis
I was 46 years old when I had the most horrendous experience of my life.
I had been bitten on my right hand by my friends rescue dog causing a small puncture to my hand. I went for a tetanus injection but my hand continued to swell really badly and looking like the skin would burst it had stretched that far, shortly after I became nausea.
2 days later I needed to be taken to ER. They suspected Sepsis. I was taken to theatre immediately, were they started to cut away the infection that had turned into the disease necrotising fasciitis. The disease was travelling fast and I was taken to theatre every day.
I spent 25 days in hospital and for 2 weeks I was in intensive care. Several months attending wound care and how to learn to write again. I still need to have four more surgeries.
I am coping but my tendons cause me a lot of pain and I also do not have any feeling in the top of my hand. All this from a dog bite.
Necrotising fasciitis survivor / South Africa