A mother-of-three nearly died after a cyst on her groin developed into a deadly flesh-eating bacteria that 'attacked' her vagina.
Tammy Peel, 39, from Essex, was rushed to hospital in January where doctors discovered she was suffering from sepsis along with a fatal bacterial infection, known as necrotising fasciitis.
Ms Peel underwent a four-hour operation that involved removing tissue from her labia, thigh and abdomen to prevent the infection spreading.
Although recovered, she had to give up sex for three months while her vagina healed.
She said: 'My vagina will never be the same again but I'm learning to accept to work with what I've got.
Ms Peel, who developed the cyst as a result of her type 2 diabetes, is speaking out to raise awareness of the condition's life-threatening complications.
Tammy Peel (pictured left with her daughter Molly-May) nearly died after a cyst on her groin developed into a deadly flesh-eating bacteria that 'attacked' her vagina
The cyst grew due to her type 2 diabetes, which she developed after gaining a dangerous amount of weight following her third child's birth (pictured being carried to hospital)
Ms Peel (pictured with her family when they were younger) underwent a four-hour operation that required doctors remove tissue from her labia to prevent the infection spreading
Cyst developed into a