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South African woman goes to a dentist with a toothache, but it is actually a carnivorous insect

Woman goes to the dentist with toothache in South Africa – only to discover that it is actually a carnivorous insect and she has to chop off part of her jaw and neck

  • GRAPHIC CONTENT: Madelein Carelse, 42, went to the dentist with a toothache
  • She was given antibiotics by the dentist in her home town of Vanderbijlpark
  • But she struggled to breathe and part of her neck had turned black
  • Husband took her to another dentist who said: & # 39; Something is seriously wrong & # 39;
  • The mother of three van Vereeniging had the necrotizing fasciitis infection
  • The horrible bacterial infection eats away in the soft tissue and spreads quickly

Horrible images show a woman who went to the dentist with a toothache, but discovered that her neck was actually destroyed by a carnivorous insect.

Mother of the three Madelein Carelse, 42, got the shocking news when she went to a dentist in Vereeniging, in the northeastern province of Gauteng in South Africa.

Carelse said the pain had started days earlier, which had caused a first visit to another dentist in her hometown Vanderbijlpark, who gave her antibiotics.

Mother of three Madelein Carelse (photo), 42, got the shocking news when she went to a dentist in Vereeniging, in the northeastern province of Gauteng in South Africa

Mother of three Madelein Carelse (photo), 42, got the shocking news when she went to a dentist in Vereeniging, in the northeastern province of Gauteng in South Africa

Carelse said the pain had already started days earlier, which led to a first visit to another dentist in her hometown Vanderbijlpark, who gave her antibiotics

Carelse said the pain had already started days earlier, which led to a first visit to another dentist in her hometown Vanderbijlpark, who gave her antibiotics

Carelse said the pain had already started days earlier, which led to a first visit to another dentist in her hometown Vanderbijlpark, who gave her antibiotics

But a few days later the growl got worse and she struggled to breathe, the area under her jaw starting to turn black.

Her husband took her to another dentist, this time in Vereeniging, where she was told: & # 39; Something is seriously wrong. & # 39;

He said she had been the victim of necrotizing fasciitis, a carnivorous bug that wipes into the soft tissue of the body and spreads quickly.

Mrs. Carelse (pictured for the necrotizing fasciitis) was unaware of the infection until she saw a second dentist

Mrs. Carelse (pictured for the necrotizing fasciitis) was unaware of the infection until she saw a second dentist

The wound in her neck started pounding and she struggled to breathe, the area under her jaw starting to turn black (pictured in the hospital)

The wound in her neck started pounding and she struggled to breathe, the area under her jaw starting to turn black (pictured in the hospital)

Before and after: Mrs. Carelse (left, before the necrotizing fasciitis) was only aware of the infection before she saw a second dentist. The wound in her neck started pounding and she struggled to breathe, the area under her jaw starting to turn black (right, in the hospital)

What is necrotizing fasciitis?

Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare but serious bacterial infection.

It affects the tissue under the skin and the surrounding muscles and organs.

It sometimes becomes the & # 39; carnivorous disease & # 39; mentioned, although the bacteria that cause it do not eat meat & # 39 ;.

Instead, they release toxins that damage nearby tissue.

Necrotizing fasciitis can start with a relatively minor injury, such as a small cut, but gets worse very quickly.

It can be life threatening if it is not recognized and treated quickly.

Source: NHS

It is extremely rare and sees around 1,000 cases a year in the US.

To save her life, doctors at Sebokeng Hospital in Vanderbijlpark had to cut all infected tissue to prevent it from infecting her vital organs, and now she needs plastic surgery to restore her face and neck.

But Carelse does not have health insurance, so her friend Annemarie van Antwerpen has started a fundraising campaign.

She said to local media: & # 39; She is very painful & # 39 ;.

She added: & # 39; We want to move her to a private hospital because we are afraid that the wound appears to be septic.

& # 39; We also want Carel to undergo reconstructive surgery, which requires a plastic surgeon. & # 39;

Her husband took her to another dentist, this time in Vereeniging, where she was told: & # 39; Something is seriously wrong & # 39;

Her husband took her to another dentist, this time in Vereeniging, where she was told: & # 39; Something is seriously wrong & # 39;

Her husband took her to another dentist, this time in Vereeniging, where she was told: & # 39; Something is seriously wrong & # 39;

The second dentist said she had been the victim of necrotizing fasciitis, a carnivorous insect that eats away in the soft tissue of the body and spreads rapidly

The second dentist said she had been the victim of necrotizing fasciitis, a carnivorous insect that eats away in the soft tissue of the body and spreads rapidly

The second dentist said she had been the victim of necrotizing fasciitis, a carnivorous insect that eats away in the soft tissue of the body and spreads rapidly

She needs surgery on Monday and a funding campaign on Facebook, called We Care For You Medelein Club, has also been set up by friends to help with the costs.

Supporters are Mrs. Africa Classic Erika Breytenbach, who visited Mrs. Carelse at the hospital and encouraged people to contribute to the fundraising campaign.

Donations can be made by visiting the We Care For You Madelein Club Facebook page.

Supporters are Mrs. Africa Classic Erika Breytenbach, who visited Mrs. Carelse in the hospital (photo) and encouraged people to contribute to the fundraising campaign.

Supporters are Mrs. Africa Classic Erika Breytenbach, who visited Mrs. Carelse in the hospital (photo) and encouraged people to contribute to the fundraising campaign.

Supporters are Mrs. Africa Classic Erika Breytenbach, who visited Mrs. Carelse in the hospital (photo) and encouraged people to contribute to the fundraising campaign.

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