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Woman went into hospital for routine operation but lost ‘half her bum cheek’

A woman said she lost half of her left bum cheek thanks to a “flesh-eating” infection she caught while on hospital.

Lesley Mangnall, 45, went to the Royal Derby Hospital on April 15 for a routine operation.

She had surgery to treat an abscess in the area, but quickly noticed that something was wrong having been placed in the recovery until.

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She claims that a “swollen red lump” appeared near the sight of the removed abscess – and that it moved location during the night.

Having spoken to the doctor, she was told that she would need emergency surgery “straight away”, Derbyshire Live reports.

And when she woke up, she was given the horrific news that the majority of her left butt cheek had been removed because of the flesh-eating infection known as necrotising fasciitis.

She recalled “I was told by the nurse not to Google it, but of course that makes you want to, I realised how lucky I had been.

"It is not common, and that is why people haven't heard about it as much as they should.

“People have had chunks of their legs removed, or even had limbs amputated because of this infection.

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“I was still on morphine from the first operation so I didn't feel the pain of the infection as much but it is meant to be really, really painful.”

Lesley's recovery has taken around four months, as it involves having an open wound being packed and dressed daily for the entire time.

It has left her with “horrendous scar tissue”, and still feels pain when she sits down.

Around 500 people per year in the UK suffer from the rare infection, which occurs in open wounds such as an abscess, or injuries.

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Dr James Crampton, interim executive medical director at the Royal Derby Hospital, said: “Our teams are highly trained and skilled in quickly diagnosing conditions, even those that are rare such as necrotising fasciitis.

“Once diagnosed, prompt action is taken to treat the condition which can include antibiotic treatment or surgery to remove the affected tissue.”

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