Krystina Pacheco almost lost her life after delivering her daughter by a C-section and experiencing a severe bodily response to an infection.
A Texas woman who nearly lost her life after giving birth got back home this month and is reunited with her now-4-month-old daughter and 2-year-old son. Krystina Pacheco, 29, of Pleasanton, Texas, gave birth to her daughter Amelia on October 24, 2022, in what she described as an uneventful C-section delivery, reported Good Morning America.
This mom has her hands and feet amputated after going into septic shock following a C-section.— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 23, 2023
Krystina Pacheco has since been reunited with her husband and two children after months in the hospital.https://t.co/a5UOD5qvgJ pic.twitter.com/SpeOs8wqVh
Two days later, she was discharged from the hospital but Pacheco started feeling feverish and assumed it was just part of her recovery post-C-section. She was given ibuprofen by a nurse. When she did not see any improvement in her health, Pacheco said she went to see a doctor, who sent her to a local emergency room. Pacheco was soon airlifted to a hospital in San Antonio, where doctors discovered her body was in septic shock.
TONIGHT: A young mother, gives child birth only to come down with a near deadly infection that required both her hands and feet be amputated. @JanelleKHOU visits with Krystina Pacheco about the life-changing event most people would not be able to get through. pic.twitter.com/ZdiK6S5ZG1— Mia Gradney (@MiaGradneyKHOU) February 11, 2023
"I just remember I couldn’t breathe anymore and I couldn’t see anymore and I just started slowly fading out," Pacheco told ABC News. "My husband, I could just hear him saying, 'Please come back to us, please, your babies need you. I need you. I need you to be here and help me with our babies,' and that's the last thing I remember."
#krystinapacheco #Venmo #zelle pic.twitter.com/KanEgu4UMW— 🙏🏻Reina Jenkins🌻 (@ReinaLove143) December 20, 2022
Septic shock is the most dangerous stage of sepsis, which occurs when a body responds severely to an infection. According to the National Institutes of Health, "without quick treatment, it can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sepsis is the second leading cause of pregnancy-related death in the United States, behind only cardiovascular conditions.
Krystina Pacheco lost both her hands and feet after giving birth. Now, she's on the road to recovery. https://t.co/5aUkoJwvUM @JanelleKHOU #KHOU11— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) February 11, 2023
In Pacheco's case, sepsis began to affect her heart, lungs, and kidneys, according to her husband, Jacob Pacheco. The life-saving treatments and medication Pacheco was given to get the condition under control, unfortunately, cut off the circulation of blood to her hands and feet, resulting in the necessity to amputate them.
"My hands and feet were black. They looked like a person who had gotten frostbite," Pacheco told ABC, adding that her medical team had done everything possible to avoid getting to this point. "I was just breaking down and being absolutely crushed," she said, of learning about the necessity for amputations. "And crying with my family, crying with Jacob, and just being sad that my life would no longer be the same," she added.
Krystina Pacheco delivered a healthy baby girl via cesarean section on Oct. 24, 2022, at Stone Oak Methodist Hospital and started feeling ill after she was sent home a couple of days later. https://t.co/zEzkUplQ8S— KSAT 12 (@ksatnews) January 13, 2023
However, Pacheco kept moving forward thinking of her children. "Every day I woke up and thought about my babies and every time I went into surgery, my thought was, I have to get home to be with my babies, so if that means going through one more surgery, then ultimately I have to go through another surgery," she said. "They were my number one motivation, hands down."
Krystina Pacheco is living proof that a mother’s love knows no boundaries. https://t.co/yMW7wBvrfD— CBS 8 San Diego (@CBS8) February 12, 2023
In late January 2023, Krystina Pacheco was discharged from the hospital and shifted to TIRR Memorial Hermann, a rehabilitation center in Houston. Dr. Vinay Vanodia, medical director of the rehabilitation program said, "when we went to see her, she was such a bright light and it just changed the whole mood. Any challenge we put in front of her, she was able to accomplish."
On February 11, more than 100 days after she was hospitalized and away from her newborn daughter and son, Krystina Pacheco was able to return home. "I cried," she said of the moment she arrived home. "I hugged [Jacob] really right. He knew I was overcome with emotions."
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