Young woman tells of horror moment her belly EXPLODED after surgery wound becomes infected - Ebals blog


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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Young woman tells of horror moment her belly EXPLODED after surgery wound becomes infected

Brave Chloe Meade, from Caldicot, South Wales,, suffered the terrifying complication following an operation on an infected abscess
A young woman with Crohn's disease has told of her brave battle back to health after her belly EXPLODED.
Chloe Meade, 21, is lucky to be alive after the horrific complication as a result of emergency surgery to remove an abscess on her bowel.
The support worker, from Caldicot, South Wales, was recovering in hospital when the 20cm wound on her stomach became infected and burst open.,......

Chloe said: "It was like something out of a horror film - my scar opened up completely".
"I could see straight through my scar into my stomach, and it needed months of packing with bandages before it started to heal."

Chloe - who was diagnosed with Crohn's aged 11 - was rushed in for surgery in January this year after suffering crippling stomach pains.

Doctors said she needed an urgent operation on an abscess to save her life.

"I thought after the operation the worst was over," Chloe said.

"When I woke up and saw the 20cm scar running down my stomach I felt relieved that my ordeal was over."
But just weeks later, the 20cm wound became infected.

Chloe needed a drain fitted into her stomach, meaning she was tube fed for three weeks.

Doctors believe the medication she was taking may have caused her stomach to swell with water and her scar to explode.

Chloe added: "I was so frustrated that my body wasn't healing but I tried my best to remain positive.

"I started on a course of steroids to help reduce the swelling and infection but that made me gain weight really quickly.

"My whole body was full of water and that's why doctors think my scar split open."
"I was in hospital for three months before I could come home, it was such a relief when the wound started to heal and I overcome the infection.

"I have such a supportive family and my mum, Karen, has been my rock throughout it all."

Despite her horrendous ordeal, Chloe remains upbeat about her health.

She said: "My mum knew there was something wrong but it was such a shock when I was diagnosed [with Crohn's], we don't have anyone in the family with the same illness as me so we have no idea where is has come from.
"But after everything in the past nine-months all I can do it laugh about it all.

"There is still a small opening in my stomach and lately that has been letting out air.

"It makes such a funny noise that it sounds as though I'm letting off wind.

"I used to be really embarrassed of my Crohn's but now I want to do as much as possible to raise awareness.

"I decided to share my scar as part of the Get Your Belly Out campaign and I've had such a fantastic response on social media."

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