|Debbie Hitchcock's Story|
| A few
years back, I contracted NF, as a tummy tuck, and it went extremely bad.
I finally can look at pictures of myself from then. I want to share them
with you. I would like to help anyone that I can. A lot of people do not
know about people surviving this horrible bacteria. Or about the medical
options available. My options were skin graphs or severe disfigurement,
which of course I have, but not as bad as it could have been.
I was very lucky.
It was a nightmare dealing with the doctor that did this to me. I say that because of the way he treated me. He was cruel and blamed me for this happening. He did not want me to go to the E.R. to be helped and my Husband had to go to his office and make him come to the hospital. The hospital and staff were very good to me the week I was there. But the doctor that did this to me had a psychiatrist come in my room and watch me daily. Taking notes every time I would moan or cry. Like something was wrong with me mentally. This doctor came with the highest recommendations.
As I was told I would die, I wanted to be home with my two children and wonderful Husband. As I was leaving the hospital, the cleaning ladies were very mean and rude to me. Cussing me as I slowly left the hospital. That is a long story and something I don't want to deal with anymore.
Thank God it has been over three years now, and I have let go of all the anger I had towards them and the doctor. I am thankful for the CDC Doctors and the reconstructive surgeon that I have now. I have trust and appreciation in the medical field and doctors who did save me.
I found a reconstructive surgeon that was willing to try alternative means to help me. The reconstructive surgeon I used tried a new technology on me, because I wanted another option than skin graphs and more horrors. He used the VAC - a vacuum assisted closure machine that helped me to heal, fight more infection and survive.
Thank God for the morphine, the cancer antibiotics and the Vacuum assisted closure machine, which saved my life. Also I am thankful I didn't have to go through skin graphs. I have had one reconstructive surgery and will have another in the near future.
I have a new lease on life. I hope to help and inspire others. Anything I can do on this end, please let me know. My reconstructive surgeon does seminars on this subject using my pictures and story. He has other pictures, which show the progression of my healing with the VAC. If you would like to speak with him, then let me know.
Please note: The following linked images are very graphic and may be upsetting.
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April 5, 2003