Re: punctured bowel
Yes, the infection that results from a bowel perforation is very, very serious. Recovering from the infection and the surgery takes a lot out of you. One really has to have the right attitude of wanting to get well. It does sound like she has great friends who are there to support her. I would imagine that she is under psychiatric care also.
I imagine your friend just happened to hit the right spot in the bowel and had a long enough and thick enough needle. Any kind of small hole can cause the leakage of fecal matter setting the stage of massive infection.
I am sorry that this is happening to your friend. Please continue to ask any questions or just update me.