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FoxNews: Flesh-Eating Bacteria Devours Woman Inch by Inch
FoxNews.com ^ | August 9, 2010 | AP

Posted on 08/09/2010 11:01:58 AM PDT by topher

BALTIMORE — Waking from a fog of anesthesia, Sandy Wilson found she was a patient in one of the hospitals where she worked as a nurse. She remembered having a baby, and being told she had gotten an infection. But nothing could prepare her for what lurked beneath the sheets.

Flesh-eating bacteria were eating her alive.

"When I looked down at my belly, basically all the skin was gone and I could see my internal organs," she said. "I remember seeing my intestines. I thought, 'There's no way I can live like this ... This is a death sentence.'"

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TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: bacteria; flesheating; mrsa
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It is possible that Health Care workers, such as nurses, are at greater risks for infectious diseases.

In this case, she had blood transfusions because of a blood clotting problem... The transfusions might have been the source of this infection.

Prayers for this poor woman!

1 posted on 08/09/2010 11:02:00 AM PDT by topher
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To: topher

wow. That is a horrifying thing.


2 posted on 08/09/2010 11:04:01 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: topher

Indeed, what a tragedy. And yes I’ve often wondered how HCW keep healthy with all the contagious sickness around them.


3 posted on 08/09/2010 11:04:50 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: topher

My fiance died of this last Oct


4 posted on 08/09/2010 11:06:12 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Would you hold my hand ... If I saw you in heaven ... to my angel in heaven)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

This is something right out of a Stephen King novel. A family friend of ours has this.. It’s downright horrifying.


5 posted on 08/09/2010 11:07:46 AM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: topher

Just wow!

God bless her and her son as well as her loving family who took care of her son and stood by her during this ordeal.

Her ex, based on what the story says, well, I’ll just say his character has already been determined by not standing with her during her fight to live.


6 posted on 08/09/2010 11:09:41 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: clamper1797

I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Any speculation as to how it was contracted?


7 posted on 08/09/2010 11:10:04 AM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: clamper1797

My condolences.


8 posted on 08/09/2010 11:10:44 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: SZonian

Agreed on her ex. What happened to “in sickness and in health”?


9 posted on 08/09/2010 11:11:41 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: topher
I doubt it was a blood transfusion. My wife is a nurse and she's a fanatic about cleaning. According to her the doctors are awful about hygiene and so are cleaning staff.

If you are ever in the hospital or visiting watch the doc. See if he/she cleans their hands. If not, demand they do.

10 posted on 08/09/2010 11:11:44 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: clamper1797

That’s awful. My sincere condolences.


11 posted on 08/09/2010 11:11:52 AM PDT by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: clamper1797

I’m so sorry.


12 posted on 08/09/2010 11:12:05 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: topher

DO NOT GOOGLE IMAGES FOR necrotizing fasciitis.

{shudder}


13 posted on 08/09/2010 11:15:26 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: clamper1797

I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers.


14 posted on 08/09/2010 11:15:32 AM PDT by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn..........^..........)
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To: topher


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

15 posted on 08/09/2010 11:16:37 AM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

Apparently, those were just some weasel words he was coerced into saying in order to get married.

I wonder if he interacts with their child and if so, how he attempts to explain his abandoning of the child’s mother.


16 posted on 08/09/2010 11:19:33 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: topher

What a remarkable, courageous young woman and still intent on helping others.

Prayers for this wonderful family.


17 posted on 08/09/2010 11:22:12 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter -God's redemption)
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To: TSgt

Come on. You know we gotta do it.


18 posted on 08/09/2010 11:27:17 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: clamper1797

Very sorry for your loss clamper.


19 posted on 08/09/2010 11:28:46 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: SZonian

I thought that too.

I would hope that my wife would never abandon me in a similar situation.

Talk about kicking someone when they are down...


20 posted on 08/09/2010 11:30:53 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: TSgt

Newt Gingrich style!


21 posted on 08/09/2010 11:34:36 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: topher

God that is horrible.

Please heal her, quickly.


22 posted on 08/09/2010 11:34:41 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

“What happened to ‘in sickness and in health’?”

Nothing that hasn’t happened to countless other marriages that faced far lesser challenges.


23 posted on 08/09/2010 11:35:14 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: TSgt

As this article and many other life stories have demonstrated, I suppose you can never really know how much love someone has for you until confronted with a situation such as this or others.

Like you, I think if I had to make a list of my fears, being abandoned by family in a time of need would probably be near the top.

The “husband” is a first class heel. (based on the limited info. the article provides us.)


24 posted on 08/09/2010 11:36:55 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: clamper1797

Oh gosh, I’m sorry!


25 posted on 08/09/2010 11:41:06 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

It really will tell you what your mate is made of. I have recently been thru some health challenges, and my husband has been the greatest gift from God I could ask for. I now know he will be with me in sickness and in health. Both my Father and Father in Law cared for their wives at the end of their lives, and it was tough, but they did it. I think there are still MANY wonderful men out there like that. But I agree, this guy is worse than a jerk.


26 posted on 08/09/2010 11:47:06 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: topher

Quite a few here are mighty judgemental concerning the woman’s husband. You all have no idea as to the particulars in this marriage -— you’re just assuming he left because she contracted this terrible disease. While that may very well be why he left, there also may be a lot more to it.


27 posted on 08/09/2010 11:54:50 AM PDT by MIlle
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To: topher

Quite a few here are mighty judgemental concerning the woman’s husband. You all have no idea as to the particulars in this marriage -— you’re just assuming he left because she contracted this terrible disease. While that may very well be why he left, there also may be a lot more to it.


28 posted on 08/09/2010 11:54:59 AM PDT by MIlle
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To: A_Former_Democrat; raybbr
THIS is the official hand hygiene protocol for where I work.

The vast majority of staff do follow it, but there is always that one who doesn't, so like raybbr says, WATCH your caregivers, and ensure they wash up every time before and after they touch you or anything you touch.

It's also a good idea to do the same for yourself, too: Wash up before and after every time you touch anything or anyone that you haven't cleaned yourself.

29 posted on 08/09/2010 12:08:49 PM PDT by Don W (I keep some folks' numbers in my 'phone just so I know NOT to answer when they call...)
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To: MIlle

Yes, there may be a whole lot more to the story. That’s why I prefaced my comments based on what little the article provided. Or is that not sufficient for you?

Would you rather there be no comments at all regarding the dissolution of her marriage during this life-threatening event? It is part of her “story” and the reporter thought it imposed enough additional hardship to include it as a component of the article.

If you’d like to debate the merits of your “arguments”, you might want to ping those whom you’re posting about and then engage in civil debate vs. sniping.


30 posted on 08/09/2010 12:09:06 PM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: The Comedian

Quick, everybody start huffing Sterno.


31 posted on 08/09/2010 12:13:19 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: topher

Ditto those prayers, how horrible.


32 posted on 08/09/2010 1:01:17 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Don W
It's also a good idea to do the same for yourself, too: Wash up before and after every time you touch anything or anyone that you haven't cleaned yourself.

Thanks. Yes, I had forgotten that part. Very important that if you are a visitor that you follow precautions as well.

33 posted on 08/09/2010 1:19:37 PM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: TSgt

Especially while eating (shudder)


34 posted on 08/09/2010 1:21:54 PM PDT by coydog (Time to feed the pigs!)
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To: clamper1797

Holy crap. Prayers up. Very sorry to hear that.


35 posted on 08/09/2010 1:24:24 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: topher

My prayers for this poor lady.

After heart surgery and a stroke suffered during the surgery, I contracted MRSA. Because of the MRSA, my chest required 3 more entries to remove dead and dying flesh. The MRSA tried to kill me for 2 long and extremely painful months in the hospital.

It sounds like this poor lady is worse off than I was. I feel for her. If she survives this, it’s going to take a long time to recover. She will continue to have my prayers... prayers sure worked in my case.


36 posted on 08/09/2010 1:30:21 PM PDT by Gator113 (Beauty will devour the Beast in 2012....)
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To: clamper1797

My sincere condolences. That’s very sad.


37 posted on 08/09/2010 1:32:42 PM PDT by Gator113 (Beauty will devour the Beast in 2012....)
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To: Don W

KV at home medical care.

We use a new to us product that is safe to spray around him, clean his suction canister ect..

It kills everything up to MRSA and some hospitals willing to pay the cost are using it too now.

It’s brand name is XO and is also an odor eliminator.

(i don’t have the content name handy starts with a d)

I buy it by the gallon full strength and dilute it depending on what we are using it for around the house.

Also works great when KV goes out say to the casino for a show and comes home with his WC seating system reaking from cig smoke.
Just spray it down and it takes the smell right out..

Big help I use to use diluted bleach but could not spray that around him, this stuff is a natural product.

Non flamable (which is good where anest/o2 is being used), non toxic and I got a boat load of material when I researched it.

Also use the handsanitzer from the company that has a mild spearmint scent (very mild) and protects up to 4 hrs.

The thing is you can’t use bleach around this stuff as it kills the main ingrediant.

Excellant find IMO. No odor from it as KV is very sensitive to odors.


38 posted on 08/09/2010 1:39:52 PM PDT by Global2010 (Congratulations to Dware for the FR Mussel Eating Fundraiser.)
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To: Don W

I was fortunate to be trained by OSHU Doernbecher decades ago.

Opening up sterile trach kits and keeping that perimeter ect...

I still use the old way of 50/50 (hydroperox/Saline) for cleaning trach canula’s and the device itself.

If KV does go to ER for an chest x ray say I take my own supplies (due to lack of at the hosp) and when we get home EVERYTHING is dumped at the hosp. that is disposible and clother/chair ect cleaned when we get in take showers.

Just got a new washer/dryer and it has a sterile cycle for bed pads/sheets.

I LOVE IT.


39 posted on 08/09/2010 1:48:57 PM PDT by Global2010 (Congratulations to Dware for the FR Mussel Eating Fundraiser.)
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To: Don W

See my post # 36 for background.

You gave EXCELLENT ADVICE and it should be required reading for anyone that is scheduled for surgery of any kind.

Shortly after my heart surgery, a couple of days at the most, a tenured RN touched my open chest wound with he bare hands and I never saw her wash her hands in my room. I contracted MRSA, though I don’t KNOW that she gave it to me. After 30 days in the hospital, I was sent home.

A “wound specialist” came to my house. Before I could say anything, this tenured nurse touched my open wound with a bare hand. Within 4 days the MRSA went crazy again and I was ordered back to the hospital. I was there for another month.

When I returned home, I had home care for a more couple months. I informed each of the care givers that if I didn’t see them wash their hands and glove up, they would be immediately fired. Some took it fine, some seemed disgruntled.... I didn’t want to screw around, so I fired them and kicked them out of my house.

My point is... DO NOT BE BASHFUL WITH CARE GIVERS. As much as some of these great folks want to help, they can screw up and the good ones appreciate you taking an interest in keeping them in compliance of rules.

One nurse told me that a bare hand would not spread MRSA. I agreed that it might not, but anyone touching me without going by my rules was going to be fired and sued. They complied.


40 posted on 08/09/2010 1:56:04 PM PDT by Gator113 (Beauty will devour the Beast in 2012....)
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To: Global2010

OMG... talk about a small world!

I am 61 years old. When I was 10, I spent a year in Doernbecher.

A rare staff infection, thought to have been caused from a needle believed to have missed the autoclave just about killed me.

Right before they were to amputate my left arm I had a fever of 108* for 3 days-—I know..I should be dead, a genius or crazy... you guess which one. LOL. ... then, the fever broke about 3 hours before the surgery was to take place.

Although this was a very painful and challenging year, I have some very fond memories of the place. I even got a visit from the Globe Trotters... I remember that being so cool.

Are their wards still set up in circles? I used to love racing wheel chairs around the circle until we got caught by the grumpy nurse that had to run to catch up to us. LOL


41 posted on 08/09/2010 2:20:50 PM PDT by Gator113 (Beauty will devour the Beast in 2012....)
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To: topher

If you want to stay healty, stay away from the entire healthcare industry.


42 posted on 08/09/2010 5:47:24 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: topher; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

This young woman is incredible! Her idiot ex-hubby obviously didn’t realize that he had married up.

Maryland PING!


43 posted on 08/09/2010 6:26:21 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Michelle Obama: the woman who ended "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.")
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To: Gator113; Don W; Global2010

Good advice. If you don’t feel quite up to it, just imagine that the caregiver just handled a mess of poison ivy right before he got to your room. That should stiffen your spine right there!


44 posted on 08/09/2010 6:30:44 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Michelle Obama: the woman who ended "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.")
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To: clamper1797

I’m sorry to hear that. You have my sympathies. Sometimes, this world just sucks.


45 posted on 08/09/2010 6:32:04 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Michelle Obama: the woman who ended "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.")
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To: SZonian
the reporter thought it imposed enough additional hardship to include it as a component of the article.

That's a really compelling reason for freepers to get all exercised about it. We all know how accurate and how ethical "reporters" are.

46 posted on 08/09/2010 6:53:20 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Gator113

LOL I used to sleep on the floor under KV’s bed in those days (no where else to sleep).

And the Russian Nurse would kick me in the morning before 5am (get out of here).

In those days parents left there kids to the ward care, but not this kid.

I slept on the floor next to KV all the way.

Now adays they are very family sleep in the room friendly.

Unfortunate that KV is not young and there is no hosp. care that takes the over 21 that have survived.

Hence we rock at home. Hospitals are only good for a quicky x ray and then we split back to home care land.

Institutions suck.


47 posted on 08/10/2010 4:19:29 AM PDT by Global2010 (Congratulations to Dware for the FR Mussel Eating Fundraiser.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Is it your intention to start making this personal?


48 posted on 08/10/2010 7:04:28 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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One nurse told me that a bare hand would not spread MRSA.

Wow.

This is from the CDC....

MRSA in Healthcare Settings

The main mode of transmission to other patients is through human hands, especially healthcare workers' hands.

49 posted on 08/10/2010 7:07:56 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 400 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: mewzilla

You nailed it.....

“The main mode of transmission to other patients is through human hands, especially healthcare workers’ hands. Hands may become contaminated with MRSA bacteria by contact with infected or colonized patients. If appropriate hand hygiene such as washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is not performed, the bacteria can be spread when the healthcare worker touches other patients.”


50 posted on 08/10/2010 8:01:47 AM PDT by Gator113 (Beauty will devour the Beast in 2012....)
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