She spent more than three months in the hospital and underwent eleven surgeries.
Margo Dreeszen has been home for a week. After spending more than one hundred days in the hospital, Margo is getting used to a new routine at home. Every day, a nurse comes by and charges the dressing to the wounds on her legs, and three times a week she does physical therapy.
"I an walk. It's not a graceful walk, but I can do it so that's the main thing," said Margo.
It all started in late April, Margo felt a sharp sting in her leg and it continued to get worse. A trip to the hospital revealed the unimaginable. She'd caught flesh eating bacteria, and it had traveled from one leg to the other. She and doctors aren't sure how she got it.
"Can you imagine looking down at your legs and seeing what you've seen on mine? They went from perfectly find legs to peg-leggin'," said Margo.
Every day, she went through painful, rigorous treatment. At one point, her doctors weren't sure if she'd pull through.
She says there were times when it was hard to stay positive. "When you're laying there in that bed all by yourself, it's awful easy to get down," she said.
Margo says she still has a long road of recovery ahead. In that time, she hopes to get back to doing things that make her happy, like her artwork and spending time with her family. She also has a powerful message for others going through life-changing medical conditions. "You're in a nightmare that you just think is never going to end, but it will end. I'm living proof I guess," she said.
Wednesday Margo will have her first check-up since getting home from the hospital. Her doctors say the healing process will take about a year.
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