Culberson, a nurse and mom of two, had been suffering from a series of health maladies over the past few months that forced her to move back to California.
As ET Online reports, Culberson went into a hospital in Oklahoma for a leg surgery but soon started suffering from an infection.
Gunvalson told Access Hollywood:
“It almost killed my daughter. [The scalpel was infected] with feces from a previous surgery that day they put inside her body. So, not good, she almost lost her leg. She almost died and all this stuff.”
Gunvalson immediately flew to Oklahoma and drove her daughter back to California; she had never liked that her daughter had moved so far from home.
As soon as they arrived in Los Angeles, Culberson was rushed to City of Hope in Los Angeles where she received a treatment of antibiotics.
Gunvalson told ET:
“She was admitted three weeks in isolation. She had a cross-contamination, hospital-acquired infection from a hospital in Oklahoma. Very, very sick.”
According to research by the Center for Public Integrity, the source of hospital-acquired infection can be difficult to trace. But it isn’t uncommon.
Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2011 shows that an estimated 157,500 people in the U.S. had inpatient surgeries and developed hospital-acquired infections in surgical sites. Since then, the CDC reports, the number of hospital-acquired infections across the U.S. has decreased.
Patients can check on the latest statistics on the number of hospital-acquired infections their hospital has reported before surgery.
Fortunately, Gunvalson said her daughter is back at home and lives only seven minutes away from her.
Since Culberson’s diagnosis late last year, she has been receiving chemotherapy treatments every four to six weeks. Her mom said it’s been a challenge to find a good doctor.
But the RHOC star was happy her daughter and grandchildren were finally now closer to home and able to face the medical maladies together.