My sister had a bowel perforation following neutropenic sepsis and she's managed to pull through but has a permanent stoma. She's still in hospital 10 days post surgery but the perforated part of the bowel which was repaired is still leaking and the doctors have told her twice now that there are no more surgical options and the leaking part of the bowel has to heal on its own. She is has had another drain inserted and is able to eat. The stoma is working so things are going through and passing the leak. Yesterday she had was given tomato soup for lunch and later that day there was some in the drainage bag. What I don't understand is they are telling her if this doesn't heal there is nothing further they can do, but they don't expand on that. I don't want my sister to spend what time she has left sat in a hospital bed, she may be able to go home or into a hospice but how do we arrange this. If the bowel doesn't stop leaking I suspect she will eventually get an overwhelming infection and they would sedate her and allow her to pass away peacefully but not actually treat her with antibiotics and as they have said there are no further surgical options open to her. I am sick with worry and wondered if anyone had heard of this happening. She was diagnosed in Feb 17 Stage IV and had her omentum removed in March but no reproductive organs removed due to having a frozen pelvis. They said the cancer was dotted across the bowl like a pearl necklace and chemo was the only option, however she was allergic to Taxol and had 5 cycles of carbo/docetaxel before her bowel perforated and the sepsis set in. One oncologist said it was a rare side effect of chemo and she was very unlucky, however I am wondering why they didn't give her any options of quality v quantity and the natraj if having such an awful 4 months she could have opted for a reasonable quality of life with palliative chemo for whatever time she had left. She has been in hospital since early July, cannot walk and since the surgery has a leak which was coming through the incision until the drain was as fitted last night. We are on eggshells wondering which way this situation will go and no one at the hospital is saying much. The stoma nurse told her she could live for years with a stoma and that's true provided the remaining bowel is healthy and it appears not to be in this case. I appreciate as a bowel is a moving piece of tissue healing isn't going to be as quick as a cut to the skin, but this is like torture for her and us as she is as sharp as a pin and sitting in bed wondering what her future holds.