Laura Barajas, a 40-year-old mother, underwent the lifesaving surgery on Thursday after a months-long stay in the hospital, the New York Post reports.
“It’s just been really heavy on all of us. It’s terrible. This could’ve happened to any of us,” Ms Barajas’ friend Anna Messina told KRON.
Messina said Barajas became sick after eating the fish that she had purchased at a local market in San Jose and made for herself at home.
“She almost lost her life. She was on a respirator,” Ms Messina said.
“They put her into a medically induced coma. Her fingers were black, her feet were black, and her bottom lip was black. She had complete sepsis, and her kidneys were failing,” she added.