‘By night-time I was really ill.
‘It was one of the worst nights of my life.’
Waking in the morning Donna had no strength in her legs, and was in excruciating pain. Her calves had swollen to twice their size, and she was feeling incredible nauseous.
She called her mum for help and along with her brothers, she was rushed to hospital, where she received a shocking diagnosis.
Donna had contracted necrotising fasciitis - commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria - and she was at risk of losing her legs if it wasn’t treated promptly.
‘It was like a horror movie,’ recalls Donna.
‘I endured five surgeries in four days as surgeons cut more of my legs away, removing most of both my calves.
Donna was certain it had happened during her varicose vein treatment, but there was no way to prove exactly how it happened or who was responsible.
She would go on to endure 13 more surgeries in the next 10 years and had to learn to walk again.
‘My experience has taught me to enjoy life more and not sweat the small stuff.
‘I’ve learned not to let something as silly as a varicose vein get me down.’
The rest of Donna's story an other real Aussie stories in Issue 9 of that's life!