Katie Price is said to be "terrified" at the prospect of losing one of her legs after breaking both of her feet.
The 43-year-old suffered the horrific injuries when she jumped off a wall while on holiday in Turkey and may now not be fully recovered for up to two years.
Doctors have brought forward vital surgery to this week but have warned the former glamour model that unless she is careful with her rehabilitation, she risks an infection that could have even more serious consequences.
"[They] have warned her she must take her recovery seriously and it's left her terrified," a source told The Sun.
"She's prone to getting infections after operations, and her surgeon says she could lose a leg if her feet get infected.
"She'll have to be so, so careful - she'll have medical professionals on call 24/7 - and change the dressings regularly. She's got a long road ahead of her."
Last weekend Price was filmed crawling on all fours through gravel as she headed out to dinner.