Krystina Pacheco: A Mother’s Unstoppable Strength

Krystina Pacheco is a remarkable woman who has had to face an unimaginable challenge: the amputation of her hands and feet. Despite the physical and emotional pain, she has persevered and continues to make progress in her recovery. Her strength, courage, and determination to return home to her two young children is inspiring.

In late October, Krystina was diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome, a rare and life-threatening complication of certain bacterial infections. To save her life, doctors had to amputate her hands and feet. Since then, she has undergone several surgical procedures and is currently undergoing rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Krystina is working hard in her rehabilitation, focusing on strengthening her core muscles, biceps, and abs. She also hopes to soon begin prosthetic training and fitting. Her husband, Jacob Pacheco, is in awe of her strength and determination. He has said that the best medicine she can have is to return home to be with their two children, a 2-and-half-year-old son and a 3-month-old daughter.

The Pleasanton community has been incredibly supportive of Krystina and her family, holding a fundraiser for them in mid-January. The outpouring of love and support from all over the country has been overwhelming. Krystina is scheduled to be released from the rehabilitation center on February 11th, and the Pachecos hope to do her outpatient therapy at the Center for the Intrepid at BAMC.

Krystina Pacheco is a remarkable example of strength, courage, and determination. Her story is one of hope and resilience in the face of adversity. Her husband, Jacob, is proud to call her his wife and is inspired by her strength. We wish Krystina and her family all the best on the next step of her recovery journey.