A 12-year-old girl who complained about muscle pain in her leg after a day at the beach was diagnosed with carnivorous bacteria, a life-threatening infection with few chances of survival.
Kylei Brown, from Indiana, was on vacation with her family in Florida when she began to feel pain in her calf.
It persisted and by the time they got home, her leg was swollen and she had a fever.
Her mother, Michelle, took her to the doctor, who said this was an emergency for fear of a blood clot.
& # 39; When they told me to go home to pack bags and go to Riley, my fear went from 0 to 110, & # 39; told Brown Fox 59. & # 39; I knew something was wrong. & # 39;
In the ER they were told the horrible news that this could be much worse than a blood clot: Kylei had contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a type of bacteria that eats away meat and muscles so quickly that only 10 percent of patients survive, and many have multiple amputations required.
Kylei was lucky: she has undergone numerous operations and now has a gaping cut in her leg, but she lives and recovers without amputations.
Kylei Brown, pictured with her mother Michelle, got life-threatening bacteria on a beach in Florida during a vacation
The 12-year-old was in the hospital for a week when doctors in her home state of Indiana compete to save her life
Necrotizing fasciitis, known as & # 39; carnivorous disease & # 39 ;, is a rare but extremely vicious bacterial infection.
500 to 1500 cases are reported per year, but 20 to 25 percent of the victims die.
& # 39; Necrotize & # 39; refers to something that causes body tissue to die and the infection can destroy skin, muscles and fat.
The disease develops when the bacteria penetrates the body, often through a small cut or scrap. As the bacteria multiply, they release toxins that kill tissue and cut off blood flow to the area.
Because it is so virulent, the bacteria spread throughout the body quickly.
Symptoms include small, red lumps or bumps on the skin, fast-growing bruises, sweating, chills, fever, and nausea. Organ donation and shock are also common complications.
It is common for these symptoms to appear as something ominous, as it seemed to Kylei.
But once the result started, things went fast.
She developed a red line that ran up her leg.
Once she was at the ER, her heart rate was high and everything else was erratic.
It took hours to stabilize her while she was performing scans showing that the bacteria were running in her thigh.
Then doctors started their search to find, remove and stop the infection.
This is what Kylei & # 39; s infection looked like first – no more than a red rash
Doctors were forced to cut the muscle wall of Kylei & # 39; s calf to excrete the bacteria
Kylei had a huge scar on her leg, but her mother is just happy she is alive
The hectic ordeal continued for another week – in and out of surgery, coupled with an infusion and machines, and treated orphaned antibiotics
First they pulled out what they could with a needle behind her knee.
Then she went to her first operation to cut as much as possible out of her muscle wall.
After that operation they explained the seriousness of the situation to Michelle.
& # 39; We learned that Kylei had a very serious infection and the operation to remove the infection was to try to save her leg, but especially her life, & # 39; Michelle said in a Facebook post.
As she digested that information, doctors suddenly reported that Kylei had developed a septic shock.
The panicked test continued for another week – in and out of the operation, connected to an infusion and machines, and treated orphaned antibiotics.
Sufferers must be treated immediately to prevent death and usually receive powerful antibiotics and surgery to remove dead tissue. Amputation may become necessary if the disease spreads through an arm or leg.
Fortunately, Kylei & # 39; s doctors caught it.
Michelle wrote on Facebook and said: “I am so grateful for the many prayers, the rapid response and efforts of her medical teams and the aggressive treatment she has received.
Michelle said that Kylei is on the way to recovery with physiotherapy and blood work
& # 39; That's why I still have my baby girl with me today.
& # 39; We are not completely better, but we are on the way to recovery. We will continue countless doctor visits, physical therapy and blood tests, but the only thing that matters is that my girl IS LIVING.
& # 39; I wanted to share her story in the hope that it would help save someone else. It is CRITICAL to be aware of the signs and symptoms and to receive treatment quickly. & # 39;
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