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Woman Dies 2 Months After Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria During A Florida Vacation

Date May 14, 2018

Sometimes, such symptoms like swelling, pain, and redness may indicate a serious fatal illness. Necrotizing fasciitis caused by flesh-eating bacteria is one of such rare infections that results in death in 30% of cases.

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Each year, more than 600 cases are registered in the United States. And Carol Martin was among such people.

In February, the 50-year-old went to Florida. When she returned to Indianapolis, she had a gruesome infection on her buttocks. It got so painful that Carol rushed to the doctor.

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Unfortunately, doctors failed to recognize the infection and sent the woman home with some antibiotics and a heating pad. The treatment didn’t work, so Carol went to the doctor again and was prescribed some more antibiotics.

The third time she got to the hospital, doctors realized Carol had necrotizing fasciitis. As her husband Richard says:

In the emergency room, they said 'we are sorry but she has a flesh-eating bacteria, we have to rush her to surgery right now.

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The woman had 2 surgeries and spent 16 days in the ICU before returning home. However, very soon, Richard found his wife dead:

I kissed her goodbye to go to work. I come home early in the morning and found her passed away.

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Now, the family wants answers because they believe the doctors are to blame. They could have saved her by diagnosing her correctly earlier.

What are the symptoms and how to prevent the infection?

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Necrotizing fasciitis is often caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria (that also causes strep throat). It enters the body via injury, minor cuts, or insect bites.

It spreads very fast, as the first symptoms occur within hours of infection. They include severe pain in the affected area, redness, nausea, weakness, diarrhea, fever, and thirst.

In 3-4 days, swelling, rash, and blisters occur. When the condition is critical, it leads to toxic shock and severe drop in blood pressure. Such people need urgent hospitalization and surgery to remove affected tissue.

But the infection can be easily prevented via proper hygiene: covering wounds with bandages, washing hands, and taking proper care of wounds.

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