Mother, 47, who lost half her face to a flesh-eating bacteria and was forced to have a skin graft from her thigh can finally look at herself in the mirror after surgeons rebuild her cheekbone.
Mother of four loses half of her face to flesh-eating bacteria and was forced to have a skin graft from her thigh can finally face her own reflection after surgeons cut away her excess tissue.
Donna Corden, 47, was left looking like ‘Frankenstein’s monster’ when she developed necrotising fasciitis last January.
After a fall initially left Ms Corden with just a small scratch, within 24 hours her skin had turned back, her kidneys failed and she stopped breathing.
Doctors were forced to cut away half the tissue on her face to prevent the deadly infection spreading to her brain.
Ms Corden then spent four days in a coma fighting for her life, before enduring 11-hour surgery where medics took tissue from her thigh and transplanted it on to her hollowed-out face.
After feeling too ashamed to leave the house, Ms Corden, from Leeds, is finally getting her confidence back after surgeons have started to remove excess fatty tissue from her cheek.
After being rushed to St James Hospital, Ms Corden was only diagnosed with NF because one of the doctors had recently studied it during their medical training and flagged up the symptoms.
Once the formal NF diagnosis was made by the hospital’s eye specialist, she was whisked to Leeds General Infirmary for an emergency operation.
Surgeons told her children to ‘prepare for the worst’ but managed to save Ms Corden’s life by cutting away the rotten flesh.
But, just days later, she developed sepsis and her life once again hung in the balance.