Patient Dies of 'Flesh-Eating Bacteria' - page 2

GAINESVILLE, Ga. - A nursing home patient has died of an ailment commonly known as "flesh-eating bacteria," state health officials said Wednesday. The condition, called necrotizing fasciitis, is a skin infection caused by... Read More

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    My husband's nephew, who was only 23, died of complications from this type of bacteria in January. There were other complications stemming from a bout to leukemia and the radiation treatments that accompanied it when he was a child. According to his doctors, he had strep throat and it somehow mutated and moved down into his intestines. Within 24 hours, he had lost of all his small intestine. During the surgery, they discovered that the radiation had significantly damaged his liver, and he was sufferring from cirrohsis. Pneumonia added to the growing list of complications. It is a very sad story, and one that ended with a tragic ending. I can greatly sympathize with all who have lost family members to something so horrific. My nephew was attacked from inside his body, but almost bled to death before anyone could figure out the problem. In the end, it was the liver that actually killed him, but the bacteria had him knocking on deaths' door several times. After 45 days in intensive care, he told his family that he had seen God, and even asked for certain things at his funeral (songs, casket design, etc... ). He smiled and told everyone that it was okay.. he would be fine.. all the while projectile vomitting blood. This young man, and what he went through is what pushed me to finally go into nursing after thinking about it for years. I can only hope to make a difference in the life of one young person... perhaps in some small way give hope, save a life that would otherwise be taken by mistakes made along the way...
    Sorry to go on and on.. just got started on something that touches me and my family in a very real way that it seems few people touch on. Again, my sympathies to all who have experienced this.

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    Wow that is horribly sad story. I am so sorry for your loss.

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    Hugs to {{{renerian}}} and {{{armickie}}}

    A brutal illness.
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    MIke your right it is very frustrating and painful to endure and watch your loved one suffering with it.

    Thanks everyone,

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    Thanks all. Our family has coped, and healing has been a slow process. However, as sad as it was, the death will not be in vain. I'm not the only one who was inspired by him and his life. We jokingly said that he was sitting on my shoulder whispering in my ear the right answers on the entrance exam! Let's hope he's still there in the morning when I take the all important NET

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