Krista Parise, 32, spent two weeks in hospital battling necrotising fasciitis (pictured with her son Sal)
A first-time mother has told how she caught a flesh-eating bug after an emergency Caesarean, which left her 24 hours away from death.
Krista Parise, 32, spent two weeks in hospital battling necrotising fasciitis - a vicious infection that destroys skin, muscles and fat.
Doctors found she had contracted a bacterial infection during her emergency C-section, which then led to the life-threatening NF.
She was allowed home two days after giving birth to Sal. However, she woke up the following day with a fever.
Her gynaecologist sent her away - but her fever only became worse. Ms Parise then developed an excruciating pain in her stomach, which was 'hot to touch'.
It became so bad that the Mercedes saleswoman, from New York, struggled to walk, leaving her bed-bound and needing her mother's help to care for Sal.
Fearing she may be allergic to the surgical tape used to stitch up her scar, Ms Parise felt her abdomen to search for any rashes or bumps.
However, she 'freaked out' when she found big yellow pus bubbles spread all across the incision and she rushed to the emergency room.
Ms Parise's blisters were oozing smelly pus, which she claims was 'so bad' that she thought it came from 'the homeless people' seeking help.
Doctors found she had contracted a bacterial infection during her emergency C-section, which then led to the life-threatening NF (
Ms Parise's blisters were oozing smelly pus, which she claims was 'so bad' that she thought it came from 'the homeless people' seeking help
Recalling her near-death ordeal, Ms Parise said: 'Had I had waited a day later I could have died, it was eating at my insides.'
She missed Sal's first ever fathers' day during her stint in hospital, and was unable to see her son at all because of 'all the germs'.
Ms Parise's main concern was that her son was healthy, amid fears he wasn't gaining as much weight as he should have been.
Doctors later discovered Ms Parise wasn't producing enough milk to feed Sal due to her being ill.
Ms Parise gave birth to Sal on June 3. She claims she had an emergency C-section because of having a slight fever. It is unclear what infection was to blame.
She was allowed home on June 5. Her fever got worse overnight, prompting her to book an appointment with her gynaecologist.
However, she was sent away. Her fever increased drastically peaking at 38.8C (102F) over the weekend - normal temperature is 37C (98.6F).
Ms Parise gave birth to Sal on June 3. She claims she had an emergency C-section because of having a slight fever. It is unclear what infection was to blame (pictured together)
Ms Parise also began to suffer stomach pains. She called her doctor on June 10, who prescribed her painkillers over the phone.
Describing the pain, Ms Parise said: 'It was more so in my lower stomach and it was really red and hot. It felt like I was on fire almost.
'My mum had a C-section before and she knew it wasn't normal... I couldn't even walk. I was laying in bed and my mum babysat my kid in her house.'
Her cousin revealed how she was once experienced discomfort after finding out she was allergic to surgical tape, prompting Ms Parise to fear the same.
Ms Parise said: 'One time I reached down to touch my area, and I felt a blister. And I thought "What was that?"
'I took my phone and I took a selfie of it - I had all big puss bubbles all along my lower stomach. I freaked out and called my mum and boyfriend.'
Ms Parise - who took the pictures on June 13 - knew she had to go to the emergency room.
Recalling her ordeal, she said: 'We rushed to the one in Manhattan and something had smelt so bad.
'I thought the smell was coming from the ward at the time as there were lots