Woman sues after contracting carnivorous disease in water park that led to more than $ 1 million in bills
South Carolina woman contracted carnivorous bacteria in a WATER PARK hit with over $ 1 million in medical bills
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- Beverly Lanham, from North Augusta, Georgia, visited the Wild Water & Wheels water park in June 2017
- She was knocked down by a wave in the wave pool and scraped her right arm
- Lanham was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a carnivorous bacterium that destroys tissue under the skin
- In a lawsuit, Lanham claimed to have undergone multiple surgeries, sustained pain, and earned more than $ 1 million in medical bills
- She accused Wild Water & Wheels of not cleaning the water or testing it for bacteria, which the park denies
A woman from South Carolina has filed a lawsuit against a local water park after allegedly contracting a carnivorous disease.
Beverly Lanham, of North Augusta, visited Wild Water & Wheels in June 2017 when she was knocked down by a wave in the wave pool.
She scraped her right arm, that is when & # 39; the carnivorous organisms entered the claimant's body & # 39 ;, the court says the Myrtle Beach Sun News.
Lanham was soon diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, an infection that destroys tissue under the skin.
According to the lawsuit, Lanham has received more than $ 1 million in medical bills due to her multiple surgeries and doctor visits.
Beverly Lanham, from North Augusta, Georgia, visited the Wild Water & Wheels water park in June 2017. She was knocked down by a wave in the wave pool and scraped her right arm. Pictured, left and right: Lanham shows her infected right arm
Lanham was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a carnivorous bacterium that destroys tissue under the skin. Pictured: Wild Water & Wheels water park
According to Lanham's lawyer, Roy Willey, she did not go to another water park or ocean between her visit to Wild Water & Wheels and her diagnosis.
The lawsuit states that they are & # 39; permanent malformation & # 39; has undergone severe pain.
It is unclear how much she is asking for compensation.
Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare bacterial infection that quickly kills the surrounding tissue.
The exact cause of the infection is unknown, but it can invade the body through the smallest cut or scrape in the skin.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 700 and 1200 cases occur in the US every year.
Early symptoms include a red or swollen area of the skin and severe pain. Subsequent symptoms can include dizziness, nausea, blisters and skin color change.
The health agency says that rapid diagnosis and treatment is the key to stopping the infection.
This includes antibiotics or surgery when medication cannot reach the already infected tissue.
The CDC says that about 25 to 30 percent of cases of necrotizing fasciitis lead to death every year.
In a lawsuit, Lanham claimed to have undergone multiple surgeries, sustained pain and earned $ 1 million in medical bills. Pictured: Lanham shows her infected right arm
She accused Wild Water & Wheels of not cleaning the water or testing it for bacteria, which the park denies. Pictured: thanks to WECT
& # 39; We hoped we could wait for Beverly to complete the treatment before she filed the lawsuit to prove the true extent of her damage, but it has become clear that she must undergo treatment and the rest of her life will be mutilated, & # 39; Willey told the Sun news in a statement.
WIlley did not immediately return the request for comment from DailyMail.com.
Lanham claims in its lawsuit that Wild Water & Wheels has failed to clean its water supply and regularly test it.
Mark Lazarus, the owner of the water park, denied the allegations on Wednesday in a statement.
& # 39; We do not comment on ongoing lawsuits & # 39 ;, he told the Sun News. & # 39; Wild Water has been around for 29 years and has high water quality standards. & # 39;
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