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Vicki Gunvalson Says Her Daughter Briana Culberson ‘Almost Died’ As A Result Of Dirty Scalpel During Operation!

Vicki Gunvalson says her daughter Briana Culberson was left fighting for her life post-surgery after a careless medical mistake was allegedly made. Culberson – who was diagnosed with Lupus late last year – got a serious infection after she was operated on with a dirty scalpel in Oklahoma, claimed the Real Housewives of Orange County star during a recent interview while prompting the new season of the Bravo hit reality series.

“It almost killed my daughter,” Gunvalson said during an appearance on Access Hollywood on Monday. “[The scalpel was infected] with feces from a previous surgery that day they put inside her body,” said the 55-year-old. “So, not good, she almost lost her leg. She almost died and all this stuff.”

The OG of the OC said that with help from Los Angeles’ City of Hope, Culberson was treated with three weeks of “IV antibiotics and got all of it out of her body.”

Culberson has been “having really some struggles” since being diagnosed with the incurable autoimmune disease, Gunvalson revealed.

“She found a doctor up here at UCLA that is giving her somewhat of a chemo treatment every four to six weeks,” she said. “And then the doctor just emailed her and said, ‘I’m moving to San Francisco.’ ”

Added the reality star, “So finding the proper medical care when you’re diagnosed with something like that has been a challenge for Briana. But she’s alive.”

Meanwhile, Gunvalson opens up about her love life as she gushes about her boyfriend Steve Lodge, Gunvalson said, “We have a normal family now and everybody gets along, and it’s good.”

“It was just God, truly,” she said of meeting her beau, who had never seen the show. “I wasn’t planning on dating again.”

According to Gunvalson, her boyfriend matched everything on her list of criteria: “Never seen the show, that was a Christian, that was a Republican, that was a family man. All the things that I wanted and he was all of them.”

Transcript courtesy via PEOPLE

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