Saturday, 14 December, 2019

Girl contracts flesh-eating bacteria during vacation in Florida

Indiana girl contracts flesh-eating bacteria on vacation in Florida After spending a day at the beach Kylei woke up in pain later founding out she had a flesh-eating bacteria in her leg
Gustavo Carr | 28 June, 2019, 19:44

Kylei Brown, 12, and her family traveled to Destin, Florida, a few weeks ago "to have a blast and enjoy the warm weather and the beach", as her mother, Michelle said. Two days later, they were finally about to hit the beach.

As they made their way back to Indianapolis, Brown called her doctor for an immediate appointment.

Kylei Parker contracted a flesh-eating infection while on a Florida beach holiday with her family.

According to WKRG-TV, doctors noticed an infection between Kylei's knee and diagnosed her with necrotizing fasciitis, a rare flesh-eating disease. Despite slight improvement throughout the day, Brown said the pain progressed on Tuesday to the point where Kylei could only walk using her toes, and by Wednesday, the preteen was in tears from pain. "She had a 3rd surgery, which they didn't find any more infection so they closed it, placing the wound vac to suction anything that may seep out of the incision".

In the ER, they were dealt the horrifying news that this could be far worse than a blood clot: Kylei had contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a type of bacteria that eats away at flesh and muscles with such speed that only 10 percent of sufferers survive, and many require multiple amputations.

Kylei spent about a week in the hospital and was sent home, where she is now recovering.

Upon their return to IN, doctors discovered the girl had a pocket of infection behind her knee and it was spreading rapidly. "She developed septic shock". Brown told about the incident so other parents knew about the risks.

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Her mother, Michelle Brown, credits hospital worker's "quick responses and aggressive treatments" for saving her daughter's life.

"Accurate diagnosis, rapid antibiotic treatment, and prompt surgery are important to stopping this infection". It's fast moving and deadly, and 1 in 3 people who get it die, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. "We are not completely better, but we are on the road to recovery".

"We are taking oral antibiotics as well as IV antibiotics three times a day and pain meds every four hours".

In a post on Facebook, Michelle Brown said she believed her daughter may have contracted the disease after scraping her toe at Pompano Beach.

"We learned that Kylie is a very serious infection, and the essence of the operation was to try to save her leg, but most importantly - her life". "I've told my mom I just want to be normal again with my leg", Kylei said as she starts therapy to regain strength in her leg.

"There are warning signs. but the time you are seeing the warning signs it's running rampant in your body and it does damage very, very quickly", said Brown.