Quanna Brown, from Chicago, decided to have the operation after her pregnancy weight knocked her body confidence.
But just four days after the surgery, the mum-of-two woke up in excruciating pain like her ‘skin was ripping apart’.
She said: ‘I’d never had surgery before so at first I thought it was normal.
‘I could smell it and I could see all this puss and blood like it was infected.’
Quanna had to stay in hospital for 50 days and undergo five more surgeries.
Now pregnant with her third child, the 34-year-old has been left with a deformed stomach and struggles to look at herself in the mirror.
Quanna insisted she did a lot of research before deciding on a doctor, who she has decided not to name.
‘I was very happy on the day of the surgery. I woke up bright and early and I was very excited, I went shopping, I wanted something new to wear after,’ she said.
But the next day, Quanna said she was in so much pain it felt like her bandages were wrapped too tightly.
‘The doctor said he’d never seen anything like this before and gave me antibiotics,’ she said.
‘But my parents demanded that they fix me. My insides were opened and I was ripped.
‘He redid the wounds and sent me home. The next time I went back in wasn’t there and his partner looked at me but also sent me home afterwards.’
Unable to move, Quanna was rushed to the emergency room the next day.
‘They saved my life,’ she said. ‘I barley remember it. I just remember one of the doctor’s face, she was looking so angry at what happened to me.’
She stayed in hospital for over 50 days and had five surgeries to remove skin and tissue as well as skin grafts.
‘My turning point came when my daughter asked for a bowl of cereal and I couldn’t get it for her.’
Now on the recovery, Quanna said her children have been her lifeline.
‘I take care of my kids, they are my main concerns. I’m excited for my miracle baby and I am excited to just be alive,’ she said.